In London, summer always ends as abruptly as it begins. Although not so long ago, we were in the grip of a heatwave; September has brought with it chillier weather, the first few golden leaves, and the need to put our duvets back on the bed and dig out our raincoats.
Autumn is my favourite season, and it’s arrival always brings the urge to cook. I could live on squashes and stone fruits all year round, but somehow I resist, thinking that the reward will be so much better for having abstained. Today I picked up my first punnet of autumn plums and, with some excitement, took them home to make breakfast.
Vanilla and Cinnamon Poached Plums
225g granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cinnamon sticks
500g plums, stones removed and cut into quarters
In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon sticks, along with 250ml water. Place the saucepan over a medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the plums, and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes until the plums are soft. Leave to cool and store in the fridge. Serve with yoghurt.
Adapted from a recipe by BBC Good Food.