At a certain time of year, beginning in September, the stats for one of my posts shoot upwards. It always makes me smile as I know that people are hunting urgently for things to make with their glut of damsons.
Damsons are a small variety of plum and damson trees — when in good health — give you a voraciously prolific harvest! My childhood home, where I lived until I was nineteen, had an orchard with apple trees and damsons.
One year I decided to be innovative and make up a recipe for damson plum crumble cake. I haven’t made this cake since 2011, and I hope the recipe has worked for everyone who tried making it this year.
I don’t have an orchard where I live now — the garden is a lot smaller and it is home to a single apple tree. But this year’s crop has been quite plentiful and there are enough apples for pies, crumbles/crisps, applesauce and cake.
The aroma of apples gently cooking with cinnamon and sugar is such a mouth-wateringly good autumn scent. If I could bottle it and wear it as a perfume, I would. But then I’d be craving cake all the time, so perhaps that’s not such a great idea.
What are your favourite autumn baking recipes? Do share them in the comments!