Remember this picture from my last but one post?
These little plums growing in the hedgerow are, I think, cherry plums.
Now they are ripening.
I've been grabbing a handful by way of breakfast for the last few mornings as I walk past.
This afternoon Katie and I picked a bag full.
They get darker and more purple than this but they taste sweet enough even when still orangey red.
They are the size of cherries and very juicy.
I dug out my cherry stoner which usually only sees olive action.
It didn't take long to stone them all.
The recipe I followed was for 4lbs of plums, 4lbs of sugar and 1 pint of water.
I had 2lbs 7oz of plums so I used the same amount of sugar and about 12 fl oz of water.
I cooked the fruit with the water until soft. I tied up the stones in a square of muslin and suspended it from the handle. I'm not sure it makes any difference but I think it may help extract as much pectin as possible.
Once the fruit was soft I added the sugar and boiled for about 10 minutes until it set.
Two jars was all I got.
We noticed that the damsons are coming along nicely too.