For the fruit
300g plums, stoned
50g granulated sugar
Place the fruit and sugar in a saucepan over a moderate heat. Cook until the plums are soft. Set aside to cool.
For the sponge
100g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g caster sugar
100g soft margarine
2 large eggs
2 tbsp ground almonds
2-3 drops almond essence
Place all the ingredients (except the ground almonds) in a large bowl. Beat together with a hand-held electric mixer until pale. Fold in the ground almonds.
Pre-heat the oven to 180C
Put the fruit in an oven-proof dish and top with the sponge mixture. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the sponge is golden. Test the sponge is cooked by piercing it with a skewer, there should be no raw mixture on it when you withdraw the skewer.
I just made a quantity of custard using custard powder. I added the juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon to the milk when I was heating it, mixed some custard powder with cold milk to form a paste and added it to the milk a little at a time until the custard was thickened then sweetened with sugar.
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