From tree to plate in under two hours! It's a great feeling when you get to serve up something which you have grown yourself and the British summer is full of wonderful produce.
In the last couple of months we have seen rhubarb, raspberries, gooseberries, plums and greengages to name just a few. The benefits of fresh, seasonal fruit include:
-Less environmental impact
When you get a glut of fruit in such a short period of time it's hard to manage to eat it all and this is where preserving methods such as jams and chutneys come into play.
I decided to go down the baking route this time:
Plum and ginger cake (adapted from BBC goodfood)
Butter for greasing
2 tbsp of demerara sugar
175g dark muscovado sugar
140g golden syrup
2 chia seed eggs (https://detoxinista.com/how-to-make-flax-eggs-or-chia-eggs/) (only because I ran out of normal eggs!)
300g self raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
1) Heat the oven to 180 oC. Line and grease a 23cm square cake tin. Halve the plums and line the tin/
2) Melt the butter, muscovado and syrup together on a low heat, stir until smooth. Cool for 10 minutes and add the egg and milk. Sift in the remaining dry ingredients.
3) Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 45-55 minutes. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack.
Now, this might not be classed as a super healthy cake by most, it's not "free from", paleo, low sugar or anything, it's just wholesome, tasty, seasonal goodness! That being said, of course it has some health benefits;
Plums - High in vitamins and minerals, high fibre content, good amount of antioxidants
Ginger - Anti-inflammatory, reduces nausea, helps with digestion
Chia seeds - High in omega 3, fibre, iron and calcium
Food doesn't have to be boring, expensive or exotic to be good for you. Unless you have a specific medical reason for avoiding a food or ingredient then they can all be enjoyed in the appropriate quantities.
Get out there and take advantage of all our local, homegrown produce whilst it is still available!