Sunday, August 30, 2015

Plum Sauce/Plum Pudding

I have an Italian Prune Plum tree in my backyard that gave us a huge number of plums this year that were just harvested. Of course, I ate a lot of them fresh, but in order to save them for later, I made a lovely Plum Sauce that when thickened with cornstarch can become a wonderful Plum Pudding. It has a lovely tangy flavor that's not too sweet and when layered with whipped cream or whipped coconut cream, it becomes a beautiful parfait. This sauce freezes well and can then be a wonderful addition to smoothies. Of course, you could can it, but I don't can much and honestly, this sauce usually doesn't make it to the freezer either. This is such an easy recipe but I think you will enjoy it. And, if you want to make it even more exotic, you can add spices, like Cinnamon and a little nutmeg or you can also add Five Spice Powder, a little Tamari and some Garlic Powder and make a Chinese Plum Sauce. I personally like it drizzled over cake. If you have plums, you will want to make this sauce or pudding!

Plum Sauce

4 cups Prune Plums, seed removed and cut into quarters
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 - 1/2 cup Water if you want a thicker or thinner sauce

Put the Plums with the water and sugar into a heavy saucepan. Heat the pan over medium heat and stir to melt sugar and mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat. Stir frequently as the plums start to soften - about 15 to 20 minutes. Use a stick blender and blend until only a lithe chunky or perfectly smooth as desired.  Add in additional spices if desired.

Plum Pudding

Add 3 heaping teaspoons of Cornstarch mixed with 2 Tablespoons of water and add to the Sauce mixture. Continue cooking until it is thickened.  Cool and strain and store in the refrigerator until cold.  Layer or top with whipped cream or whipped coconut cream to serve.

Five Element Analysis

Plums belong to the Fire Element as do most stone fruits and the sugar adds the Earth Element. If you add any spices, like Cinnamon you bring in the Metal Element. But as you can see this sauce needs to go with other foods so it is best served as a Fire/Earth dessert.

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