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.