Plum and almond pudding
Serves: 4 Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins
4tbsp baking margarine, plus a little for greasing the dish 80g light soft brown sugar, plus 2tbsp and a little for sprinkling in the dish
8 ripe plums
3 British eggs, beaten 75g plain flour
75g ground almonds
1tsp almond essence 150ml single cream
1 preheat the oven to 170c/gas 3. lightly grease an ovenproof dish and sprinkle with a little of the soft brown sugar. 2 halve the plums and remove their stones. melt 2tbsp of the margarine and the 2tbsp sugar in a heavy-based pan, add the plums and cook gently for 5-10 mins until the fruit is just starting to soften (how long they need to be cooked for depends on how ripe the fruit is). 3 put the rest of the margarine and sugar in a bowl and mix until creamy. add all the remaining ingredients and quickly whisk together. 4 pour the mixture into the prepared dish, top with the plums, cut-side facing up, and bake for 25-30 mins until the sponge is golden and set.