Old-fashioned plum and strawberry compote with vanilla crea

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
400 grams Plums; (14oz)
200 grams Strawberries; (7oz)
300 millilitres Water; (1/2 pint)
150 millilitres Sugar; (1/4 pint)
½ \N Vanilla pod; (split)
250 millilitres Milk; (9fl oz)
100 millilitres Double cream; (3 1/2fl oz)
1 \N Vanilla pod
3 \N Eggs yolks
50 grams Sugar; (2 oz)
15 grams Corn flour; (1/2 oz)
250 millilitres Whipping cream; (9fl oz)

FOR THE COMPOTE

FOR THE VANILLA CREAM

Slice the plums and strawberries thinly into quarter. Bring the water, sugar and vanilla pods to the boil. Add the plums and boil for 1 minute.

Remove the plums and return the liquid to the heat and cook down until 100ml (4fl oz) remains. Add carefully the plums and strawberries to the sauce.

Put the milk and cream in a saucepan and add the split vanilla pod and seeds. Bring slowly to the boil. Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and corn flour to a pale ribbon consistency. Slowly whisk in the milk and return to a clean saucepan. Simmer, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens to a custard. Pass through a fine seive into a bowl and allow to cool.

Whisk the whipping cream, fold in the cold vanilla cream. Serve the compote and vanilla cream

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