Sunday, 16 September 2018
weekend in the kitchen and little sewing too
My regular followers already know how much I like making jams, small batches of various fruit combinations. What I call my "regular summer jam" is a mixture of any summer fruit around, but this year I am little late; early in the summer it was just too hot for making jams, and suddenly here we are, with autumn approaching.
Luckily local strawberries are still around and now we also have English plums in the shops.
So, this time my summer jam is a combination of plums, greengages, strawberries, raspberries, and apricots.
I use very simple method in my jam making - cut up the fruit, mix it with sugar (a half the weight of the fruit), cover and let it "rest" for 3- 4 hours (or even overnight). I don't add any liquid, because while resting, the fruit releases its own juices.
Then I slowly cook the fruit, followed by fast boil to get the setting point,
and here we are - little bit more sunshine for the winter months.
This weekend I have tried a new recipe for a plum cake, Plum and Frangipane cake, using spelt flower. The combination of plums, almonds and cinnamon is usually a winner.
And this is the result - the taste is great, although it took nearly twice as long in the oven, than the recipe said, because I just could not get the middle to cook completely.
It could be just my oven (somewhat unpredictable).
I will make it again, but in the future I will use large tin, to make the cake lower, may be that will sort the problem.
It has been a rather slow sewing week and little short on inspiration,
but I have made some progress on my hexies wall hanging, which is now becoming "The Butterfly" wall hanging.