|Plum Almond Bread|
|Right Food for the Season - Late Summer|
|Written by Michelle Collins|
I recently made the move from Arlington to Somerville, expecting more of a city life and even less of a chance of being able to enjoy fresh produce on a regular basis. An innocent walk down my new street one of the first days after my move, though, proved me terribly wrong – thanks to our neighbor with the lush, abundant garden at the end of our street.
For confidentiality’s sake, we’ll call this neighbor Greg. Greg grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables on his small plot of land, including tomatoes, grapes and plums. Greg loves to share his homegrown foods, and takes pride in what he and his garden produce. As luck would have it, I happened to walk by Greg just as he was preparing his garden for Hurricane Irene – and I walked home, gleefully, with an armful of fresh plums.
Upon walking in the door, I immediately ate one. The shiny, purple gem burst open with the sweet juice within seconds of my teeth chomping down on its flesh. These plums were at their prime, and I was immediately grateful that Greg's garden preparations coincided with my neighborhood stroll. I knew that the mass amount of plums Greg gave me would not last very long on their own, however, so I decided to bake them into something delicious: Plum Almond Bread.
All we had on hand was almond extract, which ended up being a wise choice for this bread. Plum and almonds just belong together. The frequent bites of fresh plum in this sweet, flavorful bread also provided a great texture and bursts of fresh flavor throughout. I highly recommend enjoying a slice with a hot cup of coffee in the morning. Starting your day off with fresh plums will make any day a good day.
Plum Almond Bread
Yields: 1 loaf
1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped and peeled fresh plums
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan. In a large bowl, blend the egg, honey, sugar, and almond extract. Mix in the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Fold in the plums.
Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan, and bake 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.