Picked, plucked, baked

A path in the village is lined with plum trees. The fruits are small and speckled, their juices sweet and sharp. In just one handful lie all the tones of autumn – mustard, russet, mauve, and ruby.

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We collected a good basketful at the weekend, destined for crumble. The overcast days, downpours, and darkening evenings make it feel right to eat such a cosy dessert.

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There were blackberries too for the picking, now studding little buns. Topped with a sprinkle of Demerara sugar, a splash of rosewater added to the cake mix, they work well with a mug of strong tea.

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From where the brambles grow there are views over the valley to the wooded hills on the other side.

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But when it’s warm the fruit won’t keep, so we headed back to the house, stealing one last look back along the track to take in the big sky.

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3 thoughts on “Picked, plucked, baked

  1. I did enjoy this post, it has encapsulated the winding down of Summer into mellow, fruitful Autumn, my second favourite season – Spring being my first.

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