Plum-a-licious Crumble Cake

As most of you know we have a plum tree in our garden.  The tree has produced so much fruit we have plums coming out of our ears!!  So this week Livvy and I went on a plum recipe hunt and scoured our cook books to see what we could make.  One of our favourite books is by a lady called Stephanie Alexander, the book that we have (Kitchen Garden Companion) is a wonderful mixture of how to grow your own fruit, veggies and herbs and incorporates fabulous recipes also…so we decided to make her plum cake, but we have re-named it our plum-a-licious crumble cake! It is super easy-peasy to make, it doesn’t keep very well so really should be eaten on the same day 😉

Plum Tree

Ingredients

90g Butter (softened)
150g Plain Flour
1 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1/2 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
Pinch of Salt
2-3 Tablespooons of Buttermilk
65g Castor Sugar
6-8 Large Ripe Plums

Topping Mixture

30g Soft Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
50g Plain Flour
60g Unsalted Butter (cubed)

Plum-a-licious Crumble Cake

How To Make

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC, then grease your cake tin well, line the base with baking paper allowing some to overhang – this will help when taking the cake out of the tin
  2. First you need to make the topping mixture; mix sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and flour in a large bowl and add the cubed butter, next rub all of the ingredients together until it is crumbly and lumpy, then set aside
  3. Now for the main cake mixture, in another bowl sift flour, bicarb, cream of tartar, and salt and mix well.  In a food processor cream the softened butter and sugar, once light and creamy add the flour mixture to the food processor and mix quickly by using a pulse setting
  4. In another bowl whisk the egg with 2 tablespoons of the buttermilk, now add this mixture to the food processor until you have a smooth-ish batter mix – if it has become too stiff add a little more of the buttermilk – you want it to be of a dropping consistency
  5. Now scrape the batter mix into the cake tin
  6. Halve your plums and de-stone them, then cut them into 2-3 pieces
  7. Press your beautiful plums into the cake mixture, then sprinkle over your topping
  8. Now put into the oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes, the cake will never “set” so to speak due to the plum juices but if you place a knife or skewer into the edges it should come out clean
  9. Allow the crumble cake to cool in the cake tin, then once cooled use the sides of the baking paper to gently lift the crumble cake out of the tin
  10. Serve warm with cream or ice cream or both 😉
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