This year at Tre Cancelle we seem to have had a bumper crop of soft fruits, especially of Amarena cherries, Susine plums and apricots. The branches of the trees were so heavily laden that many were weighted down to the ground with the luscious juicy fruit.
We were keen not to waste any of this free and abundant fresh produce, so we got cracking on finding creative ways to use it up and to capture some of the fruity essence of summer. We started by making numerous batches of jams, but still the plums and apricots kept growing and ripening.
We then experimented with creating some more savoury preserves adding other ingredients such as apple, onion, fresh ginger, dried fruits, spices, vinegar and brown sugar. The Plum Chutney was absolutely delectable, even if I do say so myself !!! A perfect accompaniment to cold meats and cheeses.
We also cooked some simple but traditional plum crumbles, and tried out some other recipes such as: Plum and Ricotta Crumble Cakes and Baked Chicken with Plums and Ginger, which amazingly all turned out to be quite delicious. We even tried our hand at making a plum liqueur.
However I think we have seen quite enough plums and apricots for a while – well, until next year anyway !!!
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott