Apples are abundant this year due to all the wonderful sunshine we have had over the summer months. The cooler nights in September have also helped the apples and they are lovely and crisp.
Another favourite fruit of mine at this time of year is the plum. We used to have a plum tree in my back garden and whilst growing up every year my mum and grandmother used to make a German speciality - Zwetchenkucken - Plum Cake. It is still my favourite cake today.
In my afterschool club today we made plum muffins (we didn't have time to make the plum cake unfortunately). They were a hit and one of my little sous chefs declared prior to making the muffins that he would not try a plum. When the finished muffins came out of the oven, he changed his mind very quickly and devoured his portion with no complaints.
Plum Muffins - Makes 12
- In a bowl mix the butter and sugar together with an electric whish for a couple of minutes
- Next, sieve the flour and baking powder into the bowl with the butter and sugar and mix together
- Lastly add the eggs, mix and then fold in the cubed plums
- Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake in the oven around 20 minutes