Cooking with Love

with Gianna Conte (Jan)

Cooking with Love

with Gianna Conte (Jan)

Hot out of the oven.....put the coffee on.

Fresh Plum Cake

Went to farmers market in the next town and bought fresh plums to make a plum cake. I let the plums sit on my counter for a few days until they ripen, not too ripe but not hard. You'll need the following:

7 purple plums, sliced into eighths

Grated lemon rind from 1 lemon

1/2 cup brown sugar+1 TBS for topping

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 tsp ground cloves, divided

1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided

3 large eggs

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 tsp good vanilla

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350⁰. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Whisk to combine.

In large bowl, place unsalted butter, sugars and carefully mix on medium speed. Add eggs one at a time. Blend until combined.

Add flour mixture a little at a time till completely incorporated. Add the vanilla. Set aside.

Slice up plums, add remaining cloves and cinnamon and 1 TBS of brown sugar. Add lemon rind. Toss to combine.

Butter an 8 or 9 inch spring pan and cover bottom with parchment paper. Spread entire surface with the prepared mixture.

Circle the slices of prepared plums using them all up. Make a pretty design, you know what to do.

Bake for 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.

Serve after letting it cool off. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream or just plain.

It's not a very sweet cake.

Note* I used a 10 inch heavy pan.