Sunday, August 21, 2011
Plum Crumb Cake
Try to say that 5 times really fast.....Plum Crumb Cake....Plum Crumb Cake....nope....I can't do it!
In the last couple of weeks we have been getting beautiful red plums, green plums, and pluots in our weekly CSA box. They are great to snack on, but the boys haven't discovered how yummy they are yet....so there was no way I was going to get through them all.
I found a recipe for an Apricot Crumb Cake from Nick Maglieri's book, How to Bake (a great all-around baking book!), which had a variation for making a Plum Crumb Cake. The recipe sounded a lot like some of the Pflaumenkuchens we used to have at our house when I was growing up. My mom is from Berlin, and growing up we always had a lot of German family friends....some of whom were great bakers. Pflaumenkuchen seemed to be a common thing for them to bring over.....and I never appreciated how yummy it is when I was growing up (it always seemed like a grown-up dessert to me). In fact, I never really liked any fruit-y desserts growing up....was much more of a chocolate kid.
Now, I'm still a chocolate person.....but I appreciate a good fruit dessert too! This cake calls for about 12 plums (I used a few less because my plums were pretty large), cut in half. Just place the plums, cut side up, on top of the cake batter.....sprinkle with the crumb topping....and bake. The plums get soft and juicy, and turn a beautiful ruby color. This would be a perfect afternoon dessert with coffee, although we had it for an evening dessert with ice cream.....no complaints here!
Check out Nick Maglieri for the recipe......and Enjoy!!
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