dude, it is hot. Hot and humid, which is a combination I don’t fancy. This is not the kind of weather that brings a plum cake to mind, but believe me, when I made this cake last week it was a perfect summer cake, very nice for dessert (with ice cream) or with a nice, giant cappuccino.
So here we go:
makes one cake about the size of a regular pie
1 pound plums, halved and stoned; I used Italian plums
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tbsps. dry yeast
1/2 stick butter at room temperature, cut into cubes
1 egg yolk
approx. 1/2 cup milk, lukewarm
1/2 tsp. sugar + some more for sprinkling
1/2 tsp. salt
bread crumbs to sprinkle
vegetable oil to grease
cinnamon to taste
In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, salt, and sugar. Mix well. Add egg yolk, butter, and some milk, and start kneading. Keep kneading and adding milk, one table spoon at a time, until you have a nice dough ball. It will be a little sticky, due to the butter, but that’s okay. Leave in the bowl, cover with a teat towel, and let sit for approx. 2 hours.
Please note: I know that some people let the yeast work in the milk for some time before the kneading begins. Quite frankly, I never do that; I always knead everything together straight away, and it has always worked. However, this might not be the case with fresh yeast. If you don’t trust my recipe, use another one; the point is, in any case, to make a basic yeast dough.
To prepare the baking pan, grease it very lightly and sprinkle very lightly with bread crumbs.
When the dough has risen, take it out of the bowl, and roll it (on a lightly floured surface) into the shape of your baking pan; transfer it into the baking pan, press gently to its bottom and sides, and prick with a fork repeatedly, lengthwise and crossways.
Preheat your oven to 400° F.
Spread the plums on the crust evenly. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon to taste. Fold over the crust rim. This is how mine looked before baking:
Bake for approx. 25 mins., until the crust is light brown, and the plums are bubbling.
Let cool a little before serving; tastes well with ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!
I think I’ll have to lie down now. Even typing is exhausting in this weather.
So long! xoxo,