This is just to say…

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast.

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

William Carlos Williams

We have an embarrassment of plums.

They are juicy and sweet…

and after eating far too many, I immediately wanted more, but baked, and with custard…Here’s a clafoutis, together with instructions if you fancy it.

Scald some 150ml milk and 150ml whipping cream with a vanilla pod and leave to infuse.

Whisk up four eggs with five tbsp of sugar until paleNow add the infused creamy milk as you whisk

…straining out the vanilla pod

Preheat the oven to 150 and butter an oven-proof dish very generously, sprinkling it with sugar too

Tumble in your plums (I don’t bother to take the stones out…too lazy) – and pour over your frothy custard

Put it in the oven for about half an hour (or until it’s stopped being wobbly (you want the custard to set)…and you’ll get this gorgeousness:

I think this would be good with some ground almonds added to the custard too.

In terms of growing plums – I’m reading up on it now – my tree is VAST, and I quite fancy experimenting with getting a different variety (I don’t know what my plum is) and fan-training it against a wall to see if you can grow them in a much smaller space…more of this soon.

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  1. Posted July 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Permalink


  2. Jane
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    I stew my Santa Rosa plums and those we don’t eat right away, I freeze and save, bringing out at Thanksgiving or Christmas – they are sweet/sour bursts of glorious color in winter. Last year and this I made jars and jars of jam and gave them as Christmas presents with homemade bread…Plums are my favorite, always.

  3. Laetitia Maklouf
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jane….you have just given me a practical outlet for that little voice in my head which is saying “hey…save me for the cold months!” Thanks for this…jam for christmas is a perfect idea.
    Plums are my favourite too
    Sarah…yes, delicious it is x

  4. Jane
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    I made freezer jam – very easy to do. Maybe next year I’ll be more brave and try the traditional route. I love my plum tree! Have fun – Jane (from California)

  5. Posted August 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I heard the poem first on Radio 4. It was repeated over and over between programmes. It bothers me. Why would anyone chill plums?

    Your plums and pie look very lovely though – and tempting.

    Esther Montgomery

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