Plum recipe roundup:
I have dehydrated 2 loads of plums so far: they are good for tart, chewy snacks and for school lunches.
I like to cut plums in half and remove the pits, then freeze the halves in quart bags. They are then great for making pies, cobblers, and many different variations on plum cake or pflaumenkuchen. I have several recipes pinned on Pinterest and several more in my file, but you can hardly go wrong with these plums, especially if you add cinnamon and enough sugar to overcome the natural tartness. This plum torte recipe is amazing. Plum cake recipes with sour cream or buttermilk in the batter are nice to complement the tart-sweet flavor of the plums, and give it extra richness. This rhubarb cake recipe is similar to one I have on file and use a lot with plums instead of rhubarb. Plums also combine well with blackberries, which are ripe around the same time.
Today I made a batch of plum-orange jam (recipe from the Ball Blue Book). I added the juice of the orange as well as the grated peel and was generous with the plums (because we have so many). It made nearly 8 cups.
This afternoon I chopped an entire gallon of plums and made Plum Chutney. I began with the recipe in the Ball Blue Book but changed and added a few things inspired by this recipe. It smells like essence of autumn with all the spices, and is good with chicken or pork. It better be, anyway. It made 7 1/2 pints.
4 quarts pitted, chopped plums
3 large chopped onions (more than called for)
2 C raisins
4 C brown sugar (more than called for because my plums were tart)
2 T brown mustard seed
2 T fresh finely minced ginger
1 T salt
3 C apple cider vinegar
1 T cinnamon
1 t. cloves
1/4 t. cayenne
1/2 t. black pepper
grated rind of 1 lemon
Bring to boil in large stockpot. Simmer for 1 - 1.5 hours until slightly thickened. Ladle into pint jars and process 10 minutes in boiling-water canner.
pflaumenmus I've been hearing about. Or maybe this one. Or maybe both! My knitting friend Ilse has convinced me that Germans know some good things about how to use plums.
In between all the plumminess I took the girls and Daniel to the library, and suddenly remembered the estate sale I hadn't had the chance to go to earlier, and ended up buying 20.5 yards of quilting fabric at $2 a yard and made an offer on a bin full of scraps for $5. And the library was fun, too.