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Sep 18, 2011 - Autumn, Cake, September    No Comments

Damson Plum Cake Crumble AKA Zwetschgendatschi

After an amazing stroll in Bristol’s Clifton village, I just couldn’t resist buying some more damson plums at the local greengrocers. I almost feel a bit sorry for my other half as I’ve already made several plum cakes, muffins and plum jams this autumn but haven’t had a chance to present him my favourite damson plum cake recipe from Munich, known as “Zwetschgendatschi” (Zwetschge = damson plum in German).

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Aug 17, 2011 - August, Autumn, Jam    5 Comments

Yum, Yum, Damson Plum Jam

After speaking to a friend who also harvested his damson tree last weekend, I decided to hurry up with my plum recipes as 2011 looks set to be the year of the damson and I had to share this delicious damson plum jam.

Normally ready from late August and throughout September, my little buddies are in a hurry to be preserved and so am I. The fastest and most lasting solution is to turn these little gems into jam.  At first I was struck with pure horror of how to de-stone my mountain of plums. When making the plum pudding cake, I discovered my batch wasn’t going to give up their stones without a fight (they were very soft). Thinking back of my time in Munich, I remembered my mum’s secret weapon: the “Zwetschgenentsteiner”, a handy de-stoner which simultaneously semi-quarters plums.

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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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