Tinned Tomatoes who is resurrecting the Bookmarked Recipes event, that was founded by Ruth. The event encourages bloggers to share recipes that they have bookmarked (and haven't we all so many bookmarked recipes to try).
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: Banana Weetbix Muffins for Sylvia
This time two years ago: Apricot Crumble: a moveable feast
This time three years ago: Rabbiting on about Cheese and Rarebit!
This time four years ago: WHB: Reconciliation damper, snags and dead horse
Plum Gingerbread Sponge Pudding
Pudding adapted from Stephanie Alexander and stewed plums adapted from Bettina Jenkins
- 800 to 1 kg plums
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cinnamon quill
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 red apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1-2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp rice syrup
- 125g butter
- 3 tbsp brown sugar (I misread and used 1/3 cup coconut sugar)
- 1/3 cup golden syrup (or black treacle) - I used half each
- 1 egg
- 185g plain flour (I misread and used self raising flour)
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- grating of fresh nutmeg
- pinch salt
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
To stew the plums: Place vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup and water in medium saucepan. My cinnamon quill was quite flaky so I crushed it into a tea infuser so it was easier to remove at the end. Simmer for about 6 minutes until syrupy, though mine was not very. While syrup is simmering, wash, stone and quarter plums. Add chopped plums to syrup and cook until just soft - about 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon quill and discard.
To stew apples: Place apples, water and rice syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil and gently cook for a few minutes until apples are softened. Check if they are sweet enough. My apples were very sweet but others might need a bit of extra sweetening.
To make the pudding: Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy (I did this by hand). Stir in golden syrup and/or treacle, and then the egg. Fold in the flour, spices and salt. Dissolve bicarb of soda in the milk (the recipe suggested heating the milk but I didn't do this). Add to the batter and mix until combined.
To assemble: Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease a large square baking dish. Mix the apples with the plums. Drain off as much liquid as possible. (Keep the liquid as a sweetener for smoothies or other dishes.) Tip the fruit into the base of the baking dish. Spoon the batter over the fruit and smooth with the back of a spoon. Cook for 35-65 minutes (The recipe said 35 minutes but after that time my batter seemed uncooked when I stuck a spoon in to serve, despite a skewer coming out cleanly when testing it. I cooked it another 30 minutes.) Serve with cream, if desired.
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