Saturday, 4 July 2020

Busy, busy.

It's a busy month. This year's weather, a lot of rain, a good spell of sun and now a return to rain, has been good for my fruit bushes and the crops are heavy. I am outside picking when its dry and inside jamming, juicing and cooking when its not. I've made raspberry jam and a red berry jam mix of strawberries, raspberries and redcurrant. I always think of my mother when I'm picking raspberries. We had a large, unruly patch at home in which she would be lost from sight. If she wasn't in the house when I got home from school I knew that she would be somewhere hidden among the raspberry canes filling yet another bowl with fruit. I'm still using her old copper jam pan. 
The figs are ripening more slowly and not enough at a time to make jam, as last year.
I've used some to decorate this frangipane tart.
Make a sweet pastry case for a 20cm tart tin and chill while making the filling.
Ingredients for the filling
2 eggs
2 tbsp brandy
zest and juice of an orange
50gm unsalted butter, softened
3 tbsp honey
50 ground almonds
2 tbsp flour

Beat together  the butter and honey, add the beaten eggs and brandy. Mix in the almonds, orange juice and grated zest and flour and pour the mixture into the pastry case.
Cook at gas 4 for about 40 minutes. Glaze with honey or jam while still warm.


14 comments:

  1. I LOVE that you still have her copper bowl. I have stuff like that but from my grandma and I just love using it. I also love the story of when you got home, you knew where to find your mom. That was a wonderful story. I loved it.

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  3. A very evocative sentence about your mother being hidden from view in the unruly patch of raspberries. Wonderful!

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    1. Mom was petite, 5ft 4'' and very easy to lose sight of amongst the canes!

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  4. I'm realizing I have no personal connection whatsover with figs as a fruit. Oh, I've eaten fig newtons, and have possibly had them in other things, but I mean the real, whole fruit. I've never actually encountered one. What a beautiful picture of your bowlful of them.

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    1. Oh, Becki, you are missing a treat, fresh figs are delicious. However, when we ate the tart above, from a recipe that I got from the internet, it was very bland and disappointing! It needs a good soak in syrup or something. I won't be making it again.

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  5. So wonderful you have your Mums copper bowl.
    When my home in Laguna Beach burned in a wildfire, I lost all my family treasures.
    Sorry about the tart it looks so lovely. Did you put the whole fig in or just slices ?
    Be safe and Be well. parsnip

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