There's something infinitely satisfying about stewed fruit with custard. For me, this dish falls into the same category of as comforting desserts like bread & butter pudding, crumbles and fruit pies. And, as the climate in the Southern Hemisphere cools, I find myself turning more and more to these simple, tried and tested treats.
In this recipe, plums are stewed with rhubarb and then served with generous helpings of homemade crème Anglaise, also known as 'English pouring custard', infused with vanilla bean.
It's a gorgeous dessert to eat and also to look at with the rich purple plums and vibrant pink rhubarb contrasted beautifully against the pale yellow custard.
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