Thursday, October 6, 2011

Plummy goodness

What does one do with a couple of unused plums? And oodles of boredom? Whip them up together with eggs, butter and flour and let them be friends inside a temperamental oven. The result - a warm and beautiful plum cake for tea, especially for the overcast, drizzly late afternoons that we are beginning to be threatened with. What's worst, they are here to stay. Just brew a fine cup of chai, preferably ginger or cinnamon, and a damp autumn never felt half so good.
Oh and yes, don't forget to invite the birdies. For I've heard a tiny dollop of birdie gossip makes this cake perfectly plumtastic!

For the interested and curious:

Plum cake 
serves 6

2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 plums, pitted and sliced into thin long petals

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch round cake pan.
In a small bowl, cream the butter with the sugar. Then beat in the eggs and the milk.
In a larger bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the egg mixture. Whisk gently till the batter is silk-like fine.
Spread the batter evenly into the greased pan. Arrange the plum slices attractively over the batter (I prefer it the free-spirited, whirlpool way!).
Bake for forty minutes or until a toothpick when inserted comes off clean.
Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool before serving.

That Steve Jobs is no more, still hasn't sunk into me. There are some people whom you don't need to know personally to feel that strange void once they are gone. May the man who changed the way we live today rest in eternal peace. In his own words, just "Stay hungry. Stay foolish".


  1. Mmm... Am tempted to try this. We have loads of plums in the freezer!

    RIP SJ. (I just bought a Mac for the first time, and it changed my life.)

  2. What a good idea ! I really like homemade cakes and cookies. It's perfect with a good chai, on a sunday afternoon. Have a good weekend.

  3. The Solitary Walker, do try it. Will love to know how it turned out!

    Celine, thank you. Yes, homemade stuff is lovely, especially the bakes.
    You have a great weekend too, well whatever remains of it actually. Since I am in PST, I am always the last person on earth for everything, always. :-(

  4. I am never a big fan of cakes...but now i crave for one...i read food blogs just for the sheer pleasure i get from the description and i will say this blog has all what i look for..

  5. This looks amazing, hands down. Wow!

  6. Anonymous, dive in then!

    Alexandria, thank you!


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