Plum Cake

When you have plums on hand, and you wake up in the mornign thiking of plums and a sweet cream vanilla sauce, it means it's time for baking a cake.
As I've said before, I don't make cake much, because for 2 people, where one eats most of it ( T. claims cakes to be too "sweet" ), I found a few years ago these great biking dishes, that are large enough to hold meat, and the exact size I needed to make cakes without going overboard on the quantity.  Thank God for ceramics.

It's a very basic cake, with no need to use a beater, but you will have to kneed a bit the dough.

Type of dish: cake, dessert
Cost: cheap
Difficulty: easy
Serves: 4
Time: 1h
Prep time: 30min
Baking time: 30 min
Oven temp: 180C

You'll need:
cutting board, medium mixing bowl and a large mixing bowl, workplace to kneed the dough,  sharp knife, medium baking dish or tray

  • 5-10 plums, pitted and sliced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • optional: 1 tbsp Grand Marnier
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cups flour
  • 50 gr butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
In the medium bowl, mix the plums, lemon juice, cinnamon, and optionally, the Grand Marnier. Set aside to marinate.  Smear the bakig dish with  bit of grease.
In the large mixing bowl, sift the flour, salt, baking powder, add the sugar, butter and egg. Take off all rings, bracelets and roll up your sleeves so you don't get dirty. Pinch the ingredients together, until they start blending into a hard dough. Sift some flour on your workplace and transfer the dough there and start kneeding. When the dough is slightly warm, roll out or flatten the dough out so it fits in the baking dish. You can also just tear off small pieces of the dough, flatten them into small rounds and lay them out on the dish. On top, you can either plop all the plums on, and spread them slighty out, or you can arrange them in a orderly manner. Doesn't matter. Sprinkle with the brown sugar on top. You can also grate a bit of the dough on top.
Preheat your oven to 180C and bake the cake for 25-30 min, or until dough is golden- brown.
Let it cool for 10 min and serve hot with vanilla icecream, or with whipped cream, or just a cup of tea:)


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