I love fruit trees and would love to have more in our garden. At the moment, we have plenty of raspberry bushes (more like small trees at the moment), lots of herb bushes but only one plum tree. Last year there were five small dark purple plums that came out of that tree, but this year we’ve got at least fifteen! At this rate, we might have enough for a plum cake in about five years time…

Our neighbours on the other hand, have got plenty of trees in the same space as us, and they all fit in nicely. It always surprises me how their garden looks so much bigger even though they’ve got double the amount of plants and trees! Their cherry tree is right by our fence which means when the cherries ripen, we all help out to pick them before all the birds devour them.

Melissa who lives in our house is crazy about cherries and has eaten  about a kilo or two by herself since the end of June when they started getting edible. I, on the other hand, wanted to bake with them.

Come forth my gluten free cherry pie!

Cherry Pie

Unspecific number of cherries (what you’ve got really – I had tons)

Base

almond flour
Doves gluten free white flour
approx 125g butter, room temperature
a couple of squeezes of honey
water

left over marzipan (the blue stuff)

Top

Gluten free oats
150 g butter
a couple of squeezes of honey depending on the sweetness

Start with the base as it takes the longest. Cut up the room tempered butter in cubes and put in a bowl. Mix the almond flour with the gluten free flour and add in a pinch of salt. Pour over the butter cubes and start pinching it all together. Once it is starting to look like crumble, squeeze in (or dollop, if you’ve got a jar of it) a bit of honey, mix in well until you’re satisfied with the sweetness. This is best tried by licking the crumble off your fingers, or if you’re well mannered (not me…) with a spoon. Once you’re satisfied, add in a couple of tablespoons of water and mix, until you end up with a lump of dough. Leave it to rest in the fridge for about 30 min and then press it out in a pie shape.

As I had some marzipan left in the fridge (I had coloured it blue for a birthday wii-cake a couple of days previously) I made small flat nuggets of them and put them on top of the dough.

I had already pitted all the cherries and put them in a bowl (a small warning – they stain hands pretty bad so watch out with fabrics!) and so now I just mixed them with tons of cinnamon as (pretty much) anything with cinnamon makes my soul sing. Or at least my stomach growl…

Anyways, put the butter in a pot (or micro if you’re not a fan of the hob) and squeeze in a couple of dollops of honey. I don’t really like my desserts that sweet so have a small squeeze but it’s all up to you. Once the butter is melted, pour in the oats, bit by bit and stir it well. It should start to soak up the butter; if it’s getting dry you are done, if there is still a lot of butter- keep pouring on the oats!
Once that is done, pour it all on top of the cherries, and put it in the middle of the oven until the top is golden and smells divine. For me it took about 25 min on 175degrees (Celsius) but it usually varies on the oven.

I served it with amazing vanilla ice cream (Taste the difference) on the first day and cold custard on the second (and third) day. It was heaven!

A while ago we bought a mixed bag with bulbs for asiatic lillies which was left on the book shelf in the living room and forgotten about. A week ago I found it and realised when reading the instructions that they should be planted in June by the latest and that June is not far away.
Yesterday I had a small walk in our garden whilst inspecting what is flowering and what is dead and felt I had to plant the lillies as it was still on my mind. I pushed down three of the bulbs just next to our banana plant and now I can’t wait to see if anything will happen.

We’ve got two lillies by the raspberry plants which comes up almost every year, if the snails don’t eat them first, and they look great. Now I just have to figure out where I can plant the remaining six bulbs. Maybe they would survive in the front garden?

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