Autumn is here. It takes me a week or two to mourn the summer, but once I have gone through this process I give myself a big hug, put on another layer and enjoy all the lovely fruit and vegetables that have been growing throughout the summer.
Apples are abundant this year due to all the wonderful sunshine we have had over the summer months. The cooler nights in September have also helped the apples and they are lovely and crisp.
Another favourite fruit of mine at this time of year is the plum. We used to have a plum tree in my back garden and whilst growing up every year my mum and grandmother used to make a German speciality – Zwetchenkucken – Plum Cake. It is still my favourite cake today.
In my afterschool club today we made plum muffins (we didn’t have time to make the plum cake unfortunately). They were a hit and one of my little sous chefs declared prior to making the muffins that he would not try a plum. When the finished muffins came out of the oven, he changed his mind very quickly and devoured his portion with no complaints.
Plum Muffins – Makes 12
225g self-raising flour
100g caster sugar
A punnet of fresh plums (400g) washed, stoned and cubed
1 tsp. baking powder
Pre-heat oven to 180C / gas mark 5 & place 12 muffin cases in a muffin tin
- In a bowl mix the butter and sugar together with an electric whish for a couple of minutes
- Next, sieve the flour and baking powder into the bowl with the butter and sugar and mix together
- Lastly add the eggs, mix and then fold in the cubed plums
- Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake in the oven around 20 minutes
When ready, leave to cool slightly then gobble them up!
Top Tip: How to tell when cakes are ready
Place a tooth-pick into the middle of a cake and pull it out. If the tooth pick is clean then the cake is ready. If there is a little mixture attached then bake for another couple of minutes.