Autumn

Welcome to Autumn

Autumn can be a fantastic time of year when it comes to the culinary harvest, and it also lends itself to the typical “comfort” food.  Why not speak to your greengrocer about what they have in season and try something different with it?

Personally, I love the soft fruit that is in season at the moment and I thought I would share a recipe that combines 3 of my favourite foods; plums, almonds and crumble (recipe taken from the BBC website).

As well as this recipe, why try the Sloe Gin recipe on our facebook page.  The used sloes will be good for Sloe port around Christmas

Plum and Almond crumble slice

Plum crumble sliceIngredients:
250g pack butter (this must be very cold)
225g caster sugar
300g ground almond
140g plain flour, plus 25g/1oz
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
approx 6 plums, stoned and cut into sixths
50g flaked almonds

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a 20 x 30cm baking tin with baking paper. Put the butter, sugar and ground almonds into a food processor, then pulse until the mixture resembles very rough breadcrumbs. Spoon out half the mix into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add 140g flour into the mix in the processor and whizz until it just forms a dough. Tip into the tin and press down with the back of a spoon. Bake for 15-20 mins until golden. Leave to cool for 10 mins.
  3. To make the filling, put the remaining butter and the sugar and almond mix back into the processor, saving a few tbsp for the topping. Add the eggs, the 25g flour, cinnamon and baking powder and whizz to a soft batter. Spread over the base.
  4. Top with the plum pieces and a little extra caster sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 20 mins, then sprinkle with the remaining crumble mix and flaked almonds. Cook for another 20 mins or until golden. Leave to cool in the tin before slicing.

To find out what is in season, I use www.eattheseasons.co.uk.  To find out what is in season, head over to this site, to possibly try some new ingredients.  Why not step out of your comfort zone and pick something you haven’t used before and make something completely different?  Let me know how you get on.

Next time, we will be looking forward to Christmas with some tips on reducing stress around the festive time

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