SEASONAL PLUM CAKE – BLOMMERKAGE

DSCN4016Danish baking is lengendary the world around, traditional cakes tend to be simple and seasonal.  This recipe has been adapted from “Danish Food & Cooking” by Judith H Dern, a fascinating collection of Danish traditional recipes.

INGREDIENTS

9 (pitted) fresh plums plus 8 extra plums (pitted and halved) to decorate

2 tbsp water

2 tbsp plain sugar

½ cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup caster sugar

3 eggs

¾ cup finely ground almond meal

1 tsp soda  bicarbonate

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cardamom

¼ tsp salt

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

2 tbsp brown sugar, to decorate

METHOD

1- Place 9 chopped plums in a pan and add 2 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of sugar.  Bring to the boil over a medium heat and cook for 10-15 minutes, until soft. Set aside to cool.  You will need 1 ½ cups stewed plums for the cake.

2- Preheat the oven 180C.  Grease and flour a 24cm/9 ½ in spring-form cake tin.

3- Cream the butter with the sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  Beat the eggs, one at a time.

4- Stir in the stewed plums and the almonds.  Add the baking soda, baking powder, cardamom and salt and stir until blended.

5- Gradually stir in the flour, a few spoons at the time, and mix until blended.

6- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.  Place the 12 plum halves around the circumference of the cake and the remaining 4 halves in the centre, cut side down.  Sprinkle the brown sugar over the cake.

7- Bake for 1 hour, or until the top springs back when lightly touched.  Cool in the tin for 15 minutes before unfastening the ring.

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 TIPS – This cardamom-accented cake has an intriguing pale bluish-green hue from the plum skins.

– Serve the cake with whipped cream – Beat double cream until you have soft peaks, make one cup.   Stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar.

– If there is too much liquid in the plum stew, take the 1 1/2 cups needed for the cake and then put the remaining juice in a pan and reduce it at medium heat.  You will have a tasty, rich, and thick sauce to serve with the cake.

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