Plum


 We're quite keen on our plums here in Worcestershire. Down the road in Pershore they have a festival of plums. 


Above are Pershore Yellow Eggs, and below are good old Victorias.


I made some little crumbles. I picked a handful each of blackberries and raspberries from my garden to add to the plums and topped the fruit with crumble from the freezer.


I baked them for 35 minutes until the crumble was golden and the fruit jammy.


We ate them with whipped cream. There was quite a lot of cream leftover. I used it up in a bribe cake.


It was the only way I could get them to weed the drive.




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  1. I made plum crumble for pudding yesterday. Delicious!

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  2. Gorgeous crumbles and plums! I love the idea of "Bribe cake"! I sometimes bake cakes to thank someone for doing something kind for me!

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  3. Funnily enough I had some left over double cream which I whipped and served with some rhubarb...and it went down very well.
    Last year one of my neighbours had a bumper crop of Victoria plums and many a crumble was made but this year I haven't spied much going on....

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  4. You are so lucky that you got so many gorgeous plums. Here in Ireland the weather was so bad this summer that all of the orchards close to our house, five in total are completely fruitless. No plums, damsons, or bramleys for our jam. Pantry looking very empty!!

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  5. Those plums look delicious! When really quite small I used to love being taken on outings to Evesham in plum season. We only went for the plums! And the whale jaw of course!!

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    1. Whale jaw? What whale jaw? Tell me more Annie!

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    2. It was at the entrance to what I remember as a park in Evesham, think it might be called Workman Gardens? The bones formed an arch you passed through. No idea if it's still there. It was one of the landmarks of my childhood.

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  6. We had local Victoria plums with a sponge topping for pudding yesterday - I love plums. I can see why the bribe cake worked it looks delicious!

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  7. Cooked plums, meringue and fresh cream go down nicely too. Have you tried pouring vinegar down into the weeds ?

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    1. No, but I will now, thanks ;)

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  8. If it weren't so dark already, I'd send you a photo of my overgrown drive so that you'd take pity on me and send me a whole hamper of bribe cakes.

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  9. I did think it was a new recipe coming up, until I scrolled down. I too use bribe cakes (not knowing what they were called), very effective. I also pour the remaining boiling water from my kettle, if I've boiled more than I should, to kill weeds on our drive and garden wall.

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  10. No free plums on my horizon, but our local market has several varieties..all grown locally...so we have been indulging. And we HAVE to have crumble, it's the only pud my other half will bother with; I rather fancy the meringue version myself - can one do both? Well, why not?

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  11. Anonymous10:48 pm BST

    try salt on your drive. Weeds don't like it.ME

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  12. I need to know if there's some special ingredient in that bribe cake. Because there are lots of jobs that need doing round here.

    Plums have been a bit thin on the ground (and thus hellishly expensive) round here this year.

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  13. I've got plums waiting to become a crumble - and a very weedy drive too!

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  14. Look at you little dishes! Sorry, I may be shouting a little bit. The dishes have me rather over excited.

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    1. They are little enamel baking dishes -I think I got them at Lakeland.

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    2. Yes, Lake land. I have the same for mini freezer pies...
      You need SmallBean- he LOVES to dig out the weeds from the cracks with an old stick and I don't need bribe cake either. Ax

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  15. Granny Dot10:51 am BST

    Hope your willing volunteers / slaves deserved their Bribe Cake having completed a thorough weeding? Pathclear is another route if you don't mind chemicals in a bottle, although I suppose vinegar also counts as chemicals.

    We used to call Refreshers (can you still get Refreshers?) 'Incentives' rather than Bribes, although we knew, and the children knew, that Incentives were Bribes.

    No plums here and no natty little dishes either.

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    1. They did a really excellent job, clearing up and sweeping and putting tools away properly and everything. I even let them buy a bottle of Coke to go with their cake.

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  16. What a clever idea - crumble in the freezer. I am such a pathetic cook and need really simple ideas like that to get me motivated. No plums, but fresh raspberry crumble here we come... squirrels and mice permitting.

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  17. There's little more delicious than a plum crumble.

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  18. Granny Dot3:26 pm BST

    Cake AND Coke? You complete softie!

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  19. yummy plum crumble.
    a lovely chemical free way to weed between pavers is to pour boiling water on the weeds.

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  20. I adore plums, and one mustn't forget the much neglected greengage which I haven't seen in a shop for ages. We used to get them in syrup at school and they were gorgeous with hot custard. I held the record for eating 47 of them in half an hour. I spent considerably longer in the lavatory afterwards mind you.....

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  21. We moved a couple of months ago from a house with 3 plum trees and a greengage in the garden to a house with just a patch of lawn. I'm thinking about the people who bought our house enjoying all the lovely plums. I just can't bring myself to pay money for them now, especially as supermarket plums never taste as good!

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  22. I like visiting you here, Sue. My mouth waters at your pictures, I cackle at your sense of humour, and I feel a teeny tiny bit wiser each and every time.

    Stephanie

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  23. Lovely site........ I was googling Milly Molly Mandy, and it brought me here.

    Love your jams and chutney and preserved.. and all the goodies you are making.

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  24. Your food always looks so delicious, what a jolly way to mobilise the troops!

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