Poached Plums in Red Wine with Walnut Mascarpone

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IMG_5091 I post this more because I like the photo as much as anything for I know so many of you make dishes like this all the time -it is such a delicious way to eat plums! Anyway, I poached 2 plums per person, halved and stoned, placed in a casserole dish face down. I added enough good red wine until it came up to just over half way up the plums. I added several shavings of orange peel and a good tablespoon of muscovado sugar. Bring gently to the boil, pop a lid on and simmer for 20 minutes. I crushed a handful of walnuts and mixed them into the mascarpone, served it with the red wine sauce and a whole walnut to top off the mascarpone. Fabulous!

Oh it’s such a pearfect day….I’m glad I ate this with you!

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Oh it's such a pearfect day....I'm glad I ate this with you!

Supper last eve was rounded off with the simplest of dishes – glimmering green conference pears halved, seeds scooped out gently and then placed carefully, flesh side down, into a frying pan in which around 80 gm unsalted butter and 2 or 3 tablespoons of brown sugar were nicely melted and unctuous.

I left them for around ten minutes on a low heat, then added a splash of brandy. Several minutes later I turned the pears and
popped a lid on the pan for ten minutes.

The result was the softest and most succulent of pears encrusted with a caramelised coating.

On to a plate – a drizzle of cream, and more of the buttery sugary brandy mix spooned over.

There can be fewer tastier simpler desserts.

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Raving Raspberries Batman, it’s clafoutis time!

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Raving Raspberries Batman, it's clafoutis time!

I did this a few nights ago and wanted to share with you this pic of the raspberries macerating…the smell was divine and the pud turned out very well too. The recipe I used was from Daniel Galmiche. It is simple and satisfying to make and delicious to dive into! Ok..enough with the fancy pants alliteration…the recipe!
250 gm rasbobs
Zest of 1 cheeky lime
125 gm of caster sugar
25 gm melted butter
25 gm softened butter
85gm plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg
1 egg yolk
300 ml of full fat milk – the proper stuff!

Oven set to 180c. Raspberries, lime zest and 2 tbsps of sugar all go into a bowl. Gently mix and set to one side for 15 minutes. Grease an oval oven dish with the softened butter. Sprinkle another 3 tbsps of sugar around insides of the dish. Sift the flour& salt into a mixing bowl. In a second bowl whisk the eggs and remaining sugar as slowly as poss. Once it is smooth, slowly add the milk, stirring until you have a nice batter mix. Add the melted butter gently and combine.
Put the rasbobs in the oval dish and mix to get all the juices flowing! Pour in the batter mix over the red gems and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown and set. Serve with a little cream or crème fraîche. A raspberry dish to ripple your taste buds!