It’s officially fall and the weather in Scotland is definitely turning. From what I saw on Facebook and Twitter, parts of Texas are starting to get their own version of fall weather too.
I heard October in Scotland is particularly rainy. Can someone confirm this? If it’s true, I imagine every day is a lot like the weather today. Constant drizzling and wind blowing would normally keep me inside the house in Texas, but I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to actually wear my fall wardrobe.
I wore these yesterday after the drizzle finally stopped and I was out in about in the wet yard of some friends. Ruaridh and I are very lucky to have lovely neighbors/friends who live just a few blocks away and have a gorgeous home with a sprawling backyard full of fruit trees.
Yesterday their kids and I went out into the yard to pick pears, apples, and plums. We picked pound after pound and there were still loads left in the trees after we stopped for the day.
Since the family graciously gave me bunches of fruit to take home, I knew I needed to make use of the incredible, fresh produce before Ruaridh and I left for Nice.
A few extra ingredients, and lots of chopping and peeling later and all the fruit was cooked!
The result? This yummy plum and pear oatmeal bake and an even yummier plum pear butter (What is fruit butter?).
The oatmeal bake is perfect for breakfast since Ruaridh and I usually have a smoothie and then Weetabix or porridge with fruit.
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This was my first time making fruit butter and I really only did it because I didn’t feel like buying pectin to make jam.
It was quite easy and while I browsed a few Pinterest links to get the gist of it, I didn’t use a specific recipe to make mine.
But oh my goodness, it turned out to be scrumptious.
I’ll probably be spreading it on bread, adding a dollop to my oatmeal bake and whatever else I can think of.
Have you ever tried making fruit butter? What are your favorite ways to use fruit in your cooking and baking?