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Apricot and plum brioche

Apricot and plum brioche

Apricot and plum brioche is real summer recipe. Both apricots and plums are seasonal fruits and it is easy to find very nice varieties. Apricots are at their best and cheapest in July, but avoid any fruit that feels spongy. Apricots can vary greatly in quality. If they taste woolly and bland when eaten fresh, cook them into a dish and they will become luscious and flavoursome. The British plum season starts in late July with the Opal variety and finishes in mid-to late-September with the Marjorie Seedling. Each variety has a 2-3 week season. Plums develop an intense flavour when cooked. They make excellent jam, jelly and fruit cheese, but can also be bottled. Strong spices such as star anise, cloves, vanilla, cinnamon and black pepper all taste good with poached plums. Cream and custard based accompaniments such as ice cream or rice pudding balance their flavour. Out-of-season imported plums can be cooked, but are much sweeter and taste best eaten raw.

Rich fruit bread

Rich fruit bread

Stunning to look absolutely delicious to eat, this glazed dried fruit bread is perfect for any occasion. Simply leave it to cool in the tin and then slice and serve either on its own or spread with butter for a really decadent treat. It can also be made and given as a gift, wrapped in polythene and tied with a bow. This recipe makes two loaves, but you could halve the quantities and just make one loaf, if you prefer.