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Aug 12, 2011 - Autumn, Cake, Pudding, Summer    4 Comments

Damson Plums Pudding Cake

Wow I can’t believe my luck. I’m utterly delighted as I’ve received 10kg of damson plums from my in-laws to be. I really love those purple little fruits which normally are the herald of autumn. They are a bit early in season this year but the warm spring and (for UK standards) hot summer, have contributed to an early harvest, just in time for my plum bonanza starting with this delicious damson plums pudding cake.

Originating from the Balkans, the home country(ies) of plum brandy (known as Šljivovica or Rakija, not for the faint hearted at 40% vol.), my recipe book is packed with delicious treats which I will share over the next weeks. Plums are very nostalgic for me as they remind me of my childhood summer holidays in Bosnia and eastern Croatia. Plum trees and big wooden barrels are a common sight this time of year, in which the over ripe plums are stored for several weeks before distilled to schnapps, the highlight of the end of summer.

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Aug 4, 2011 - Ice Cream, Summer    4 Comments

Summerlicious Blackberry Ice Cream

Oh, I can’t tell you how much I love this recipe. My other half and I are both sugarholics, our worst vice – ice cream! Game over, can’t resist, no cure, got to have it. In summer, it’s so bad I sometimes even have to replace breakfast with a couple of scoops of this devilish delight. Even worse, my gorgeous darling. I literally have to grab the tub of ice cream from him and put it back in the freezer as he easily would go through the whole thing in one go. (A pint of cream can you believe!!!)

My addiction to ice cream started at an early age and making some, was one of my first attempts in the kitchen by adding flour to harden it… Don’t even try imagining the result, my only excuse, I was five and influenced by my dad who made concrete earlier that day. To my family’s credit, they all ate it and surprise, surprise, it contained a lot of blackberries – but be assured, no flour used in this recipe.

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