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Plums and figs (recipe ideas please)

I know it sounds like a remedy for constipation but I'm looking for good recipes for using these.

We are currently innundated with plums, greengages and more recently figs. The recent warm weather means that they are all ripe at the same time.

I have made loads of jam, crumble, pies and spicy plum sauce (for duck) with the plums but we still have tons of them so what can I do with them?

I'm looking for some good easy recipes for plums and greengages.

I have never used fresh figs before (bad memories of syrup of figs keep coming into my mind) so any ideas for them would be very welcome.

If anybody in the Neuchâtel area wants plums or figs you are very welcome to some.
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Re: Plums and figs (recipe ideas please)

If you can find mustard seeds (and like mustard), this is a good recipe for plums - just replace the apricots in the recipe with the plums: http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org...biscus-peaches
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Re: Plums and figs (recipe ideas please)

With fresh figs, I make prosciutto crudo and fig pasta sauce (let them sautee in a bit of red wine until they become soft) then add shaved parmesan on top - this is my recipe, picture below.

With plums, apricots, etc. I usually peel them and use them to complement meats such as lamb or "game-y" meats (boar, deer, etc.). I slow-cook the fruits in a large pan or pot simmering them with a bit of red wine and various spices (depending on what I have available, cardamom, bay leaves, a bit of nutmeg, cloves, etc.) until mushy, then add the meats and let them simmer until I reach the desired consistency, adding wine and a bit of water as needed - I like my meats as rare as possible, so in my case not much. You can serve with rice, or, if you like it, quinoa or couscous.

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Re: Plums and figs (recipe ideas please)

How about fig smoothie?

This recipe is nice, too. I've tried it once and could recommend it: fig spice cake.
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If anybody in the Neuchâtel area wants plums or figs you are very welcome to some.
I found myself buying Zwetchgen (Italian plums) for the first time last week. My parents have a tree so it was always my job to pick the plums, plus I got to bake with them. Sort of got out of the plum habit, but this year I've been eagerly waiting for the plums to arrive. So now I'm feeding my crave.

Anyway, I just shot off an email to my mom to ask her for her famous plum dessert recipe. As soon as I get it, I'll be buying more plums (too bad I'm not in Neuchâtel) and making it. And I'll share it here.

Do greengages taste similar to red plums? I've never seen those before.
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Re: Plums and figs (recipe ideas please)

Just in case you get another glut of figs, this is simple and delicious -

www.waitrose.com/content/waitrose/en/home/recipes/recipe_directory/b/baked_figs.html
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Re: Plums and figs (recipe ideas please)

If you want a bit of variation in sauces, I'm pretty sure figs work well for making chutney, which is nice with seasoned cheese or ham.
I would also freeze a certain quantity: it might look like too much fruit now, but in a few months, when only oranges and apples are in season, a defrosted plum might be a good alternative for morning porridge, or over ice cream.
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I know it sounds like a remedy for constipation but I'm looking for good recipes for using these.

We are currently innundated with plums, greengages and more recently figs. The recent warm weather means that they are all ripe at the same time.

I have made loads of jam, crumble, pies and spicy plum sauce (for duck) with the plums but we still have tons of them so what can I do with them?

I'm looking for some good easy recipes for plums and greengages.

I have never used fresh figs before (bad memories of syrup of figs keep coming into my mind) so any ideas for them would be very welcome.

If anybody in the Neuchâtel area wants plums or figs you are very welcome to some.

here is a ripe fig recipe from a Mediterranean expert: eat them! just like that, raw and peel off the skin too.

if not, send them to me, i will happily pay for the shipment and more and send you some fig jam i will buy from the local grocery
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Re: Plums and figs (recipe ideas please)

Why not bring some for after BBQ on Sunday - they are so delish.
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Why not bring some for after BBQ on Sunday - they are so delish.
I was going to suggest that. I did my bit for neighbourly relations over the weekend and we don't have so many plums left but we still have stacks of figs (even after the starlings have done their bit).

Thank you all for the fantastic recipes. Baked figs are absolutely yummy and we're having a heesecake this evening.
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Re: Plums and figs (recipe ideas please)

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/f...e-s-baked-figs

http://www.culinate.com/search/q,cty...,stype=/187606

Right now, we're crazy about making apricot pie and plum pie using (German) Murbeteig as a base and sprinkling the topping of fruit with raw or brown sugar before baking.

Murbeteig is basically 250g flour, 150g butter, 100g sugar mixed together (add a bit of milk or cream if it needs moisture for easy dough handling). The sweetness of the pie base deliciously offsets any sourness in fruit.

Bake at 200 degrees C for about half an hour and fan-grill the top for about 6-8 minutes to caramelize the sugars. Browned crust is lovely to eat.
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http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/f...e-s-baked-figs

http://www.culinate.com/search/q,cty...,stype=/187606

Right now, we're crazy about making apricot pie and plum pie using (German) Murbeteig as a base and sprinkling the topping of fruit with raw or brown sugar before baking.

Murbeteig is basically 250g flour, 150g butter, 100g sugar mixed together (add a bit of milk or cream if it needs moisture for easy dough handling). The sweetness of the pie base deliciously offsets any sourness in fruit.

Bake at 200 degrees C for about half an hour and fan-grill the top for about 6-8 minutes to caramelize the sugars. Browned crust is lovely to eat.
Would this pie work as well with frozen plums? (as in, not need to defrost first ..) Kind neighbour has just deposited 8 kgs of pre-frozen, halved plums in my freezer (that will teach me not to let a neighbour keep my keys in case of emergencies) and save stewing them (bad bad childhood memories .. ) this seems the only other idea I have had.

Or could I make jam with them??

Help .. please...
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I know it sounds like a remedy for constipation but I'm looking for good recipes for using these.

We are currently innundated with plums, greengages and more recently figs. The recent warm weather means that they are all ripe at the same time.

I have made loads of jam, crumble, pies and spicy plum sauce (for duck) with the plums but we still have tons of them so what can I do with them?

I'm looking for some good easy recipes for plums and greengages.

I have never used fresh figs before (bad memories of syrup of figs keep coming into my mind) so any ideas for them would be very welcome.

If anybody in the Neuchâtel area wants plums or figs you are very welcome to some.

My girlfriend makes a starter out of fresh figs, prosciutto, honey and thyme - it's fantastic. The figs are cut down from the top but not all the way through so they open up into four (still joined at the bottom) quarters, ham is wrapped around/between the quarters, honey and thyme are added and the whole thing îs put under the grill briefly. Guests love it too.
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Would this pie work as well with frozen plums? (as in, not need to defrost first ..) Kind neighbour has just deposited 8 kgs of pre-frozen, halved plums in my freezer (that will teach me not to let a neighbour keep my keys in case of emergencies) and save stewing them (bad bad childhood memories .. ) this seems the only other idea I have had.

Or could I make jam with them??

Help .. please...
Fig jam is easy-peasy to make; here are two good recipes:

http://southernfood.about.com/od/jam.../r/r81018i.htm

http://www.eatingoutloud.com/2008/09...n-fig-jam.html

I prefer a jam that is not too sweet; in the first recipe I start out with half a cup of sugar (rather than 2C), adding to taste, depending on the sweetness of the figs.

Canning solves my lack of refrigerator/freezer space problem.




ETA: Oops, I just re-read and realized you were asking about plums not figs, ecb... you can do a plum jam much the same - here are two recipes:

http://www.food.com/recipe/plum-preserves-72414

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/fo...eserves-106774

(Again, start with less sugar, add to taste.
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My girlfriend makes a starter out of fresh figs, prosciutto, honey and thyme - it's fantastic. The figs are cut down from the top but not all the way through so they open up into four (still joined at the bottom) quarters, ham is wrapped around/between the quarters, honey and thyme are added and the whole thing îs put under the grill briefly. Guests love it too.
That sounds delicious. I'm not keen on honey, so I make mine with a little gorgonzola or feta cheese.
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Would this pie work as well with frozen plums? (as in, not need to defrost first ..) Kind neighbour has just deposited 8 kgs of pre-frozen, halved plums in my freezer (that will teach me not to let a neighbour keep my keys in case of emergencies) and save stewing them (bad bad childhood memories .. ) this seems the only other idea I have had.

Or could I make jam with them??

Help .. please...

Sure you can make pie with them. It's 'safer' to defrost them first (a couple of minutes in a microwave on low - if you're in a hurry) and drain off any water in a colander. Delicious!

I don't do canning but I've made jam to keep in the fridge after it has cooled down in the jars. Just slow-boil the fruit with sugar (60 percent fruit in weight, 40% sugar - a rough guide) for 45-65 minutes.
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Sure you can make pie with them. It's 'safer' to defrost them first (a couple of minutes in a microwave on low - if you're in a hurry) and drain off any water in a colander. Delicious!
Thank you Argus and Melloncollie ..

.. so am I right in thinking that any plum recipe is good, except that I should defrost them first ... (wretched microwave died a couple of years ago and as it was a VZug fitted one in a VZug special fitted cupboard, decided couldn't afford to replace it .. )

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