The nights are drawing in, the air is fresh and when my other half isn’t looking the central heating is cranked up. Comfort food is a necessity as I start to think about digging out all the forgotten wolly jumpers from the back of the cupboard and the fact that ‘The C Word’ keeps popping up, but don’t get me wrong, I love all this! Mostly I love all the warm and indulgent food that comes with it, this plum and amaretti bake is where it’s at! I was amazed at how quick and easy this was to get in the tin, 25 mins tops and that included stopping to eat a large quantity of the amaretti biscuits. I found this recipe in a Country Living magazine (I just like to look at the pretty pictures, OK).
4-5 large, slightly under-ripe plums
125g self raising flour
75g ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
4 medium eggs
200g caster sugar
200g very soft butter
zest of 1 orange
7 amaretti biscuits, crumbled
Get the oven on at around 180 C and grease and line a 30x25cm traybake tin. Halve the plums and de-stone them, cut each one into eight wedges and pop to one side. In a large mixing bowl put your flour, ground almonds, baking powder, eggs, sugar, butter and orange zest into a bowl and beat with an electric hand-beater for 1-2 minutes or until you have a light fluffy mixture. Get it in your tin and smooth with a bake of a spoon. Now all you need to do is artfully scatter the crumbled amaretti and then add a layer of the plums. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30-40 mins and allow to cool on a wire rack before dusting with icing sugar.
We have a toddler birthday party soon and this will be served up to the frazzled parents along with a hot coffee and sympathetic ear.