Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pflaumenkuchen (plum cake)

For those of you who emailed and commented that you wanted a recipe for plum cake - here you go! This is an old German recipe. Ideal for freezing. Bake a large batch, cool, cut into portions and freeze.

about 2 -3 kg
plums, washed and cut in halve with stones removed
sugar and cinnamon to cover the plums before baking 

1 lb ( 450g ) plain flour, sifted
2 oz ( 55g ) sugar
1 1/2 oz ( 40g ) fresh yeast
or 2 and 1/2 teaspoons
of active dry yeast
8 fl oz ( 250 ml ) milk
25 g unsalted butter
grated rind of 1 lemon
pinch of salt
Oven temperature: 180c ( 350F )
Baking time: 20 - 30 minutes
1. heat the milk up to just warm
2. put the crumbled yeast with some sugar into half of the warm milk and stir, put aside in a warm place and let it rise
3. sift flour into a large mixing bowl adding the rest of the sugar, pinch of salt and the grated lemon rind 
4. let the butter melt in the rest of the warm milk
5. when yeast is ready add it with the other milk and butter to the flour and work in well
6. knead it for a few minutes on a board
7. put back into bowl, cover, place in a warm place and let it rise, for 40- 50 minutes, until double in size
8. roll out thinly, place onto  a large rectangular baking tray and let it rise again
9. cover generously with the  plum halves, cut side up, onto the base, dust with sugar and cinnamon and bake at medium oven for 20 - 30 minutes.
Serve with whipped cream.


Sue C said...

Mmmm... Looks like it schmecks gut!!! I will have to try this recipe.
We call plums Zwetschgen, my moms recipe doesn't have yeast in it. Don't we all love this time of year?

Sue in Canada said...

NOM NOM NOM....that's all..oh and Thanks!!