Sunday, September 13, 2009

Plum Cake

One of my favorite websites for finding recipes is Epicurious. Type an ingredient or the name of a dessert or entree into the search box, and you get many recipes to choose from. Reviews of the recipes are helpful too. I wanted to make this cake because of another blog I had read that featured plum kuchen. Plums are in season here, and these beauties came from the local gardener’s market. DSC_0001

The taste is rustic and sweet, but not in an overpowering way. The mint, though intended as garnish, makes for a tasty bite when forked up along with the cake.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Spiced Pears


2 pounds pears (4 large or 8 small)
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. cloves
4 T. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. brandy, the cheap stuff

It's best if the pears are a bit firm. Not really ripe, you might say. Peel, core, and quarter the pears. Toss with cinnamon, cloves, and brown sugar. Distribute butter in little clumps. Pour in the brandy. Bake for 30-40 minutes in 400 degree oven. Serve alone, or with ice cream. Either way, they're heavenly.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009



Nothing goes with a curry like chutney. This chutney was inspired by the chutneys my aunt made back in the 60s and 70s. Hers were usually apple or pear-based, with lots of cloves and cinnamon. This chutney contains very tart plums, peaches, and mango. I dumped all this fruit into a large pot to which I added sugar, vinegar, fresh ginger, cardamom (whole), cloves (whole), a cinnamon stick, and mustard seeds. To create this chutney, I used a combination of recipes I found here.