Sunday, 1 August 2010

A Plum Job

When we moved into this house we discovered we had a plum tree. Having never had one before, I was unsure whether they were regular, edible plums so we asked the previous owners of the house. They didn't even know that there was a plum tree in the garden!

Husband decided there was only one way to find out if they were edible.

Yes, you guessed it, he ate one.

A few hours later he was still standing so we decided they were okay.

Since then we have enjoyed bumper crops of plums and I have developed a repertoire of plum based recipes.

Yesterday I undertook this year's harvest:



I spent this morning in the kitchen and now we have:


Six jars of plum jam

One plum and almond cake

Fifteen plum and hazelnut muffins

Nine massive pieces of sticky plum flapjack

and one plum crumble


.............. and there are still 2lb left!

A tasty plum anyone?

17 comments:

auntiegwen said...

Dear Working Mum

Please may I come and live with you?

love from

auntiegwen xxx

Jen said...

Wow! I'd have made crumbles and maybe the cake, but I am seriously impressed by your diversity! Will you freeze some of that? Or will it all get eaten before it goes off?

Casdok said...

Mmmmm yes please!
All looks wonderful!

libby said...

They look gorgeous...do you do deliveries??

Kelloggsville said...

wow - you are super woman!

Working Mum said...

Auntie Gwen - of course, but hands off my Toblerone!

Jen - cake and muffins have gone in freezer, half of crumble was eaten at lunchtime and the flapjack will disappear over the week. Jam will keep!

Libby - no, sorry, I'm too exhausted after all that baking!

becomingkate said...

Wow! I really admire you for that! (I have been thinking about planting fruit trees in the backyard for the same purpose)

claire said...

You are a yummy mummy!!!

claire said...

Is it me or is it early for plums? We never had a plum tree but I seem to remember my aunt baking with lots of plums in Autumn. around Sept I think.

We, in the meantime, are just in the last month of Winter and our neighbours daffodils have come out that they planted around the bottom of their frangipani plant. Talk about looking silly!

Catharine Withenay said...

Wow - what a productive time in the kitchen!
Our house has a damson tree. Unfortunately we realised that too late last year having thought (unbelievably) that they were olives. Only when they fell off did we taste one and realise our error.
This year we aren't even allowed on site until after the building work is completed. But maybe next year...

Glummy Mummy said...

I now want to live with you. Is it possible that I could share a room with auntiegwen? :) x

Working Mum said...

Claire - the plums are always out in July, maybe it's different for different varieties? Last year we missed our harvest because we were in Menorca and when we got home they were all on the floor.

Catharine - can't believe you thought they were olives, in this country, ha ha ha!

Glummy Mummy - if you don't mind sharing the double bed!

Kirsty said...

Wow. That looks amazing. I love a good crumble.

scrappysue said...

show off :) i love me a good plum, and the word verification?

POLUMB!!! true!

Tiaras said...

YUM YUM over there!!

ruthe2shoes said...

so impressive and inspiring! My dad took my 3 yr old son to scrump for plums at the nearby cemetery today while I was at work. Now I have no excuse to let them rot in the colander where they currently sit!!

Polly said...

Wow!
The plums have just started to ripen on the tree in the garden, I was wondering what to do with them once I've saved them from the wasps. Thanks for some ideas.