It is suspected that plums were the first fruit to be domesticated and raised in orchards. They are thought to originate near Iran and the Caucasian Mountains. Plums were also widely cultivated in China and Japan thousands of years ago.
Dried plums are known as prunes. Plums are high in vitamin C and combine sweet and tangy flavors to liven up this tasty and easy to make dessert
RECIPE: Rustic Plum Cake
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 60 Minutes
- Yield: 1 9″ round Springform Pan
- Difficulty Level: Easy
This fruity, rustic cake is lovely at brunch, with afternoon tea, or for dessert.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar plus 2 Tablespoons set aside for dusting cake before baking.
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) of room temperature butter cut into 8 pieces
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 1/4 pounds ripe but firm medium plums (halved and pitted and cut into 3/4 inch wedges )
Optional: Powdered sugar for dusting
1) Preheat oven to 325* Prepare a 9″ springform pan for your cake by lightly coating pan with butter then dusting the pan with flour (tapping off the excess).*
2) In stand-up mixer Combine the dry ingredients, lightly mix until combined.
3) Add cut up butter slowly mixing until a grainy like consistency (3 to 4 minutes).
4) Add egg and yolk, blend.
5) Add the vanilla. Beat this mixture at medium-high speed until it is pale and fluffy, scraping down sides until fully incorporated, do not over mix.
6) Spread the batter evenly distributed across the bottom of your prepared springform pan using a spatula.
7) Arrange sliced plums cut side face up over top of prepared batter.
8) Sprinkle remaining 2 Tablespoons of sugar evenly over top.
9) Bake 1 hour until lightly brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
10) Remove the cake from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack in pan for about 30 minutes.
11) Gently remove outer ring on springform, slice and serve.
* You can substitute a spray baking oil for butter in this step, continue with flour.
Servings : 8
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Acknowledgement: Home Baking Association
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