How have you been keeping this beautiful, beautiful Saturday? If you are up for some tart and sugary goodness to start of your weekend, I present to you a dessert straight from the German land. I am telling you, you are going to “Liebe” this.
A colleague at work gave me some plums on Friday- and I instantly thought of making Pflaumenkuchen. I copied this recipe from Janice’s blog– she has a plum tree in her backyard which gives the most delicious looking plums, ever- and I have to tell you that it came out far better than expected. Look at those plums… God knows I want to visit her garden. Someday! BTW- Janice is that friend who is gorgeous, talented, and multi-lingual and a very sexy belly dancer too. You gotta check her out 😉 she also has garden full of sunflower and a blue garden door that has long stolen my heart. before I forget- her lab Lucy can read Spanish. Habla?
Now, Pflaumenkuchen can be made in several ways. Like a sheet cake, a plain cake with plums sinking in, arranged plum on top, upside down, with streusels or even like a pie. Mine’s upside down and plain vanilla cinnamon cake base. We like it that way.
A cup of plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4th cup of caster sugar
A pinch of salt
2/3 rd cup of white butter
A tablespoon of cinnamon
A tablespoon of vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Pitted plums/plums cut into halves/any other shape you want- about a cup
Sprinkle a tablespoon of caster sugar on plums and on low heat, let it simmer for 5 minutes. Now, you can completely omit this step and use fresh pitted plums as well but I feel this gets the juices out and makes the cake a lot more aromatic.
In a bowl cream white butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
Sift in flour and baking powder.
Fold in cinnamon.
Most of your work is in the cake tin 😉
Note: P-Flow-men-koo-ken is generally served with streusel but the original recipe does not call for it. Hence I did not do that streusel bit.
oil a cake tin and dust with flour.
Pour in half of your plums on the base.
Pour cake batter but half.
I wanted my cake to have 2 layer of cake and 2 layer of juicy plums. You can simply pour plums on top the cake batter or below or poke the plums in the cake batter, like I already mentioned.
Bake at 200 for 15 minutes and then at 180 for another 1 minutes. For this cake – the toothpick wont come out clean. But when cooled and upturned, it will come out hassle free.
Once cooled- dust with icing sugar!
Cool and enjoy with coffee or a dollop of fresh cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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