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Norfolk Plum Toasties

A quickly prepared light snack, that everyone in the family will love. You can use really ripe plums in this recipe, so it's ideal if you have a glut of fruit to use up, hence is alternative name: Plum Castaways.

The plum is an almost forgotten English fruit that was once grown in abundance across the orchards of southern England. Sadly now most of our orchards have been ploughed-up for cereal crops and commercially grown plums are mainly imported from abroad.

Fortunately, plums are now making a comeback in the UK and you will find that many old English gardens still have a plum tree growing somewhere - usually the old favourite the 'Victoria Plum' one of the best plums for both eating and cooking.

preparation for plum toasties

Ingredients for Plum Toasties

  • Thick sliced white bread
  • Butter
  • Ripe plums (two or three per slice of bread)
  • Sugar (granulated)
  • Ground cinnamon

How to Make Plum Toasties

  1. Cut the crusts from the bread and spread one side with butter.
  2. Place bread (butter side up) on a greased baking tray or shallow oven proof dish, lined with baking paper.
  3. Slice the plums in half and remove stones.
  4. Arrange as many plum halves onto each slice of bread that will fit (usually 4 to 6).
  5. Dab each plum with a little butter and sprinkle liberally with sugar and a little cinnamon.
  6. Bake in a moderately hot oven (180°C, 350°F, gas mark 4) for 30 minutes.
  7. When ready the bread should be golden brown and covered in a rich thick syrup from the plums.
Serving Suggestions

Serve warm from the oven as they are or with a dollop of thick cream or with a little Bird's Dream Topping.

Ideal as a light snack or a light pudding course after a meal. A word of warning however, this snack is so delicious you will probably want to bake another batch as soon you have eaten them!

A traditional British recipe from the Norfolk, Essex and Kent areas.

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