Autumn pudding

Serves 6
For the pudding
2 apples or 1 apple and 1 pear
700g plums
finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
4 tbsp fine shred marmalade
8 slices white bread, 1–2 days old
For the sauce
450g plums
2 tbsp caster sugar
150ml sweet white wine or sherry

To make the pudding, peel, core and chop the apple and pear if using. Stone and roughly chop the plums. Place the fruit in the saucepan and add the orange zest, juice and marmalade. Cook gently for 10-15 mins, stirring occasionally until the fruit is very tender. Allow to cool. Remove the crusts from the bread and use to line a 900ml pudding basin.
Pile all the fruit and the juices into the bread-lined basin and cover the top with bread. Place a plate on top of the bowl and weight down. Place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
Meanwhile, make the plum sauce. Stone and roughly chop the plums. Place in a small pan with the sugar and wine. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 mins until very soft. Blitz in a food processor or with a stick blender. Keep chilled until required.
To serve, turn the pudding out onto a serving plate and serve with the sauce.

Other harvest feast recipes in our Sept/Oct 2015 issue:

• Chestnut and bacon salad
• Roasted beetroot with soured cream
• Sautéed vegetables in lemon butter
• Slow roast pork with roasted apples and onions