Proof of the pudding…

…is in the eating!


How autumnal are those colours?

Wholemeal spelt and plum upside-down pudding cake

The recipe is adapted from a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe in the Everyday River Cottage book.

200g golden caster sugar

200g softened butter

225g wholemeal spelt flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground mixed spice but I think ground ginger would be a lovely alternative

a pinch of salt

4 eggs beaten

plums washed and halved stones removed, enough to cover the bottom of the baking tin.

As you would expect, arrange the plum halves cut side down in tin.  Cream the sugar and butter together till pale and fluffy.  Give the flour, spice, baking powder and salt a whisk together to get some air in and ensure even mixing.  Add the beaten egg a little at a time with a spoon of flour to prevent curdling until all the egg is incorporate. Fold the remainder of the flour in, well enough but don’t work it too much as you will overwork the gluten. Pour over the plums and bake in a 140 C  if fan forced otherwise 160C oven for about an hour and 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely in tin.

I am a new convert to silicone bakeware, I cannot rate it high enough for even-ness and non-stickiness.  Just though I’d drop that in.  In case you haven’t heard of it, spelt is delicious, its an ancient form of wheat and available in supermarkets now, not just fancy healthfood shops.  It still has gluten though, I thought I’d better mention that, just in case, y’know.

And in knitting and spinning news…

…the one row Malabrigo scarf is finished and gorgeous, a fun pattern, I will be using it again.

At the time of writing this I have almost finished spinning the maple BFL, woohoo! Looking forward to seeing it plied and finished, though I don’t think I got enough twist in it to make socks sadly.  Should be all done this weekend.

I am actually contemplating knitting the Aurora Borealis scarf in two pieces and grafting. No, I don’t remember the blow to my head or being visited by aliens and having my brain probed  recently.  I’m (reluctantly) going to do a test of the cast off edge with some scrap yarn before I make the decision, but only because I love it so much and don’t want to ruin it.

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