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Recipe – Plum and Amaretto Pudding

I can’t remember the last time I felt this busy and snowed under since my essay deadlines at university, which brings that guilty feeling when you do something other than work-related tasks!

This has meant working until my school closes, coming home and working a bit more, grabbing a quick bite of whatever is in the cupboard and quick to make, then a bit of TV and bed.

The end is in sight, with a lovely hotel break booked over half term, but until then I had to get back in the kitchen. I don’t feel like myself unless I am pottering around cooking and seeing as it is National Baking Week, I simply had to bake!

Feeling like I haven’t been the best living companion this week, I decided to cook a special dinner for Ian and I finished it up with this pudding.

The plum season is just coming to an end in the UK and they have a lovely autumnal feel to them. Also, Amaretto is one of my favourite tipples and goes really well with the fruit in this slightly boozy dessert!

The amount here makes enough for 4 moderate portions or 2 to 3 hearty portions!

Ingredients

4 fresh plums, pitted and cut into quarters

A pinch of cinnamon

A tablespoon of brown sugar

A glug (about 4 teaspoons) of Amaretto liquor

50g of butter, at room temperature

50g of soft brown sugar

1 egg

50g of self-raising flour

30g of ground almonds

A sprinkling of chopped nuts

Cream or ice-cream to serve

How to make it

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C, Gas Mark 4
  • In an ovenproof dish, toss the plums, cinnamon, brown sugar and Amaretto together and allow them to marinate while you make the batter
  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Add the egg, flour and ground almonds and mix well until combined
  • Spoon the batter over the top of the flavoured plums and sprinkle liberally with the chopped nuts
  • Bake for about 40 minutes
  • Serve warm with cream, ice-cream or like I did, with the rather old school topping of evaporated milk!

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About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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