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Foraged damson (plum) cobbler: French holiday special 2

September 3, 2010

Here’s the long overdue second installment of my French holiday special. This bake was rather something, as it’s the first time I’ve been able to use foraged ingredients. [continues below].

On arriving at our second French gite, a rather beautiful one at that, we noticed that there was a back garden ripe with plenty of fruits, most notably plums, or damsons, we weren’t quite sure.

I’d happened to spot a recipe for a damson cobbler in one of the recipe books I’d brought along with me and it seemed like fate had conspired. After eating a few of the damsons 24 hours previously, we rested assured that nobody would be poisoned and cracked on with the cobbler.

This was easily one of the simplest things I have ever made, and I can’t wait to make it again because it was so delicious! All you need is some fruit, obviously we used damsons but we also plumped it out with a few apples to make up the numbers, some sugar, flour, butter and milk and you’re done, voila!

Basically this is kind of like an apple pie but with a cake mixture on top, rather than pastry. It turned out scrumptious, we were only sad when the cobbler was polished off within one sitting (there was 10 of us!). Definitely something I’ll be keen to whip up again with any seasonal or foraged fruits that are going spare.

And the best thing about this bake – there certainly was one happy customer at the end of everying 🙂

The photography of this bake was great too, much like the lemon drizzle cake. A beautiful outside patio and gorgeous August late evening French light, couldn’t really go wrong there could I? How I’d kill for such a set-up at home!

Taste: 5/5 Yum, yum, yum, yum and yum again. This was the perfect combination of tangy and sweet, provided by the damsons and the sweet, sugary cake mix on top.

Difficulty: 1/5 So easy that anyone can make this.

Recipe amendment: Used less sugar (because we didn’t have enough fruit), added apples.

Chance of remake: 5/5 I can’t wait to try this again!

Visit the BBC Good Food website to find this week’s damson cobbler recipe.

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