Puddings

Sugar and Spice Plums with Lemon and Cranberry Biscuits

Serves 2 (with plenty of left over biscuits)

4 Plums
3 Small Apples
2 tablespoons Demerara Sugar
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
3 pieces of Crystallised Ginger

Biscuits:
125g Butter
100g Caster Sugar
100g Demerara Sugar
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
squeeze of Lemon Juice
190g Plain Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
80g Dried Cranberries

I begin by making the biscuits to allow them to cool down before being served with your spiced plums and apples, so begin by beating together the butter, caster and Demerara sugar untill smooth and creamy (I’d recommend doing this in a food processor but if you don’t have one like me then use a wooden spoon and sit in front of a film and get working those arm muscles!)
Once smooth then add the egg, ground ginger and lemon juice.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt and baking powder, stir then add the butter mixture and cranberries and fold it all together untill you get a smooth dough.

Wrap in Clingfilm and put in the fridge for roughly one hour. When you take it out roll the dough into small balls (about a heaped tablespoon of dough per biscuit) and put them on a baking tray lined with baking paper, press them down with a fork so they are a flat disc.
Bake in the oven for around 12 minutes untill golden colour at 180c. Put them on a cooling rack and put to one side untill later. (These can be made in advance and it makes quite a lot of biscuits so they can also be frozen).

For the plums – Pour 200ml water in a large pan or deep frying pan. Add the Demerara sugar and stir untill it has dissolved. Stone and halve the plums and peel, core and slice the apples. Place the plums cut side down into the sugar water with the apples. Sprinkle over the ground cinnamon and sliced crystallised ginger.

Cover with a lid or tin foil and simmer for 5 minutes, then take the cover off and simmer for a further 2 minutes.
Remove the fruit with a slotted spoon and put it into the serving bowls, continue to cook the liquid untill it has gone syrupy and then pour it over the fruit.

Serve with a scoop of low fat ice cream and the cookies for dipping!

As you have probably noticed by now I’m a bit pudding shy but everyone needs a treat every now and then so this is a perfect way of indulging! Just don’t eat all the biscuits at once 🙂

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