Plum Cake is in Season
My Vatz (dad) is German, and he bought us the Muzzy language learning tapes when I was younger. My brothers and sisters and I mostly watched the English version of the tapes, but a couple German words did stick. One such word was Pflaume, which is German for plum, as I am sure you have guessed by now. In one scene, a cat had played some gambling game of sorts and got 3 plums in a row. Plums began to pour out of the machine and blanketed the cat, who yelled out "Pflaumen, Pflaumen, Pflaumen!" It was a bit of a weird cartoon, but perhaps that is part of the language learning trick.
This post is all about one of Vatz's favorite German treat- Pflaumenkuchen (plum cake) or as the Bavarian's call it - Zwetschgenkuchen.
Even though Fall is generally known most for apples and pumpkins, another awesome fruit that comes into season this time of year is the plum. At my parent's home in upstate NY, there are two beautiful plum trees that grow alongside the pond in their front yard.
They look like such happy trees, especially on warm, sunny Fall days.
Traditionally, this treat is served along with beef soup for a hearty, yet light dinner. The sour plums and savory beef are great flavor combinations.
For the crust-
2 cups gluten free flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter room temperature
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 package dry yeast
For the filling-
about 20 small plums
cinnamon and sugar
Sift the flour and create a well in the middle. Prepare the yeast as instructed on the package and set aside. Combine the flour, sugar and salt, creating a well in the middle. Pour in the milk, butter and egg and mix until well combined. Add the yeast and let rise for about 30-40 minutes until it doubles in size.
Roll out dough and place on a greased cookie sheet. To prepare the plums, slice them into fourths and remove the pit. Line them up across the dough and sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar. Bake in a 350 F oven for about 30 minutes.
Typically this cake is baked on a large baking sheet, in this case, we had to use pie pans. Long story short, the oven is broken, and my dad was determined to find an alternative. So, he fired up the barbecue. And a sheet pan wouldn't have fit, hence the pie pans. Thankfully, the barbecue actually worked quite well!
If you want to save this plum cake for dessert, it also pairs quite nicely with fresh whipped cream.