- 300g wild plums or damsons, stoned and cut into wedges
- 75g caster sugar
- 200ml double cream
For the custard:
- 2 large free-range egg yolks
- 20g caster sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
- 100ml double cream
- 100ml whole milk
For the sponge fingers (makes approx. 30):
- 3 large free-range eggs, separated
- 90g caster sugar
- 75g plain flour
- 6 tbsp icing sugar
For the custard, whisk the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla together in a bowl until thick and pale. Bring the cream and milk to the boil in a non-stick pan, then whisk into the yolk mixture. Return the lot to the pan and stir over a low heat until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Pour into a bowl and leave to cool, then chill for at least 4 hours.
Put the plums or damsons into a pan with the sugar and stir over a medium heat until the juices start to run, then increase the heat and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooked. Rub the mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Cool, then cover and chill along with the custard.
For the sponge fingers, preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Beat the egg whites in a large clean bowl into soft peaks. Whisk in the caster sugar, one teaspoon at a time, to make a stiff and glossy meringue. Lightly beat the egg yolks and gently fold into the meringue, then sift over the flour and fold in. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm plain nozzle and pipe 2cm wide strips in 8-10cm long lines across two large lined baking sheets, leaving 5cm between each one. Dust with half the icing sugar and leave to rest for 5 minutes, then dust with the remaining icing sugar and bake for 10 minutes. Leave to cool, then store in an airtight tin until needed.
- To serve, whip the cream in a large mixing bowl until it just begins to form soft peaks. Gently fold in the custard and plum purée until only just mixed. Spoon into a serving bowl and serve with the sponge fingers for dipping.
Shop the secret sale featuring one of Meghan Markle and Jennifer Lopez's favorite designer bags
Meghan Markle and Jennifer Lopez have been seen sporting this well-known brand
By Rylee Johnston •
This TikTok ab dance is going viral—but you should know this before you try it
Read before attempting!
By Danielle Valente •
This bra brand caters to small-chested women—and shoppers are obsessed
For a supportive bra without the discomfort of wires, Pepper's wireless bras have quickly become a fan-favorite of shoppers
By Rylee Johnston •