The greengage summer……..

This is the time of year when I overbuy on fruit, unlike the summer months when it can putrefy in 24 hours or less. Fruit bowls in the house are full of plums, pears and apples which make for wonderful fresh desserts. As I have been closely following my neighbour Remy’s progress with his vendange, and subsequent wine making,  it came to me, as I surveyed a pile of ripening greengages, that they would go very well with some good dessert wine. Nigel Slater’s “Really Quick Puddings” suggests that greengages very much like to be put in the oven with sugar and a good amount of Sauternes. I felt that Sauternes was on the extravagant side, so I conjured up a bottle of moelleux Bergerac that had been sitting around in the outhouse waiting for a chance to show its metal. This is a wonderfully simple recipe of Autumnal colour and flavour.

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Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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12 Responses to The greengage summer……..

  1. Graham says:

    This is one of those ‘if only’ moments as the recipe suggests greengages are hard to find these days. However we have just returned home from Ludlow in Shropshire where, in their sumptuous open air food market there were greengages (and plums) a-plenty.

  2. I love sweet wines. This bowl of plums looks heavenly.

  3. The Reine Claude plums look wonderfully autumnal and the moelleux is just the right choice, I think, Sauternes being a bit too sweet. I once joined in a very informal vertical tasting of Bergerac moelleux and it was amazing how much the wines differed in sweetness and flavour from year to year!

  4. Is this one of the bottles of wine you “smuggled back into France!?! Everything looks so gorgeous and sweet.

  5. hopeeternal says:

    What a lovely simple recipe. Nigel Slater does have some good ideas!
    I thought you were going to write something about the book The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden. Read it a few years ago and remember really enjoying the story (probably long enough ago now to revisit it) then going on to read some more of her books. It was made into a film too … and it is set in France, though in the Champagne rather than Poitou Charentes. Amazon have a precis of the storyline here:
    ‘Meanderings through my Cookbook’

  6. Wow, at first I thought those were figs. These look just as delicious. And you know I love the idea of cooking them in wine!

  7. peasepudding says:

    Sounds the perfect way to end a meal. We visited Sauterns last time we were in France to find when we got there the whole village was on holiday…how funny. We found a cute neighboring village for lunch and will leave Sauterns for another year.

  8. Great recipe. Instead of Sauternes try a wine from Monbazillac. Once more famous than Sauternes, the dessert wines of Monbazilliac fell out of favour after the 100 years War. Domaine de L’Ancienne Cure use the same grape varieties as those used in Sauternes to make a luscious rich dessert wine.

  9. ambrosiana says:

    I love the combination of plums – which have a light acid taste – and the sweetness of Sauterns… Cream adds the texture that gives a glorious feeling of a serious dessert!!

  10. Monbazillac is another appellation of Bergerac, famous for divine dessert style wines. As with Sauternes the grapes are infected with Noble Rot. The wine is luscious and would be great with the plums

  11. ChgoJohn says:

    I’d never heard of greengages and now I wonder if any of the local farmers markets will have them. They shall be my “Holy Grail” for next weekend’s run to the markets. Even if I don’t find any, I just might purchase some plums. That dessert looks too good not to try. Thanks for sharing.

  12. ....RaeDi says:

    Beautiful photos, and a delicious dish….RaeDi

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