Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Pretty Sour Plums

I love fruit. Easy, portable, healthy, almost perfect in every way. Well, I did say almost perfect, except when you buy big black plums that are so sour they make your eye-lashes curl. What disappointment !

But, I have found the perfect solution to sour plums - cake!

This upside down plum cake is a wonderful dessert. It is sweet and sour, healthy (relatively speaking) and oh so easy.

Upside Down Spiced Plum Cake
Serves 6 -8

175g Butter
175g Sugar
3 Eggs
175g Flour
5ml Baking Powder
2.5ml Baking Soda
5ml Ground Cloves (you can substitute this with ginger, mixed spiced or cinnamon)
60g Flaked Almonds
6 Plums (cut in half and pips removed)
150ml brown sugar

Pre heat the oven to 180°C.
Grease and line a 23cm round cake tin.
Beat the eggs and butter until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Fold in the sifted dry ingredients and the almonds.

Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly at the bottom of the greased pan.
Place the plums cut side down into the sugar.
Spoon the cake mixture carefully to cover the plums. Smoothing the top.

Bake in the oven for about 60 mins., until cooked through.

Turn out on a plate serve warm or at room temperature with custard, cream or ice-cream.

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. A real genius has his original ideas closer together.

1 comment:

Jeanne said...

I'm always up for recipes that make use of vintage or disappointing fruit - this one seems perfect for the plums we get over here that are invariable not properly ripe...

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