Plum Cake, Plum Torte, the Zwetschge Kuchen.
Such a simple recipe to celebrate the harvest.
¾ to 1 cup sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup unbleached flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
24 halves pitted purple plums
Sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon, for topping
These beautiful deep purple ellipses which bring me back to my grandma and afternoons the first few weeks back to school. She always baked this plum kuchen.
The German plum harvest is celebrated every year with a festival in Bühl in the southwestern part of the country. In this simple German dessert, cake batter is covered with wedges of fall plums; a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.
Grandma always took time for kaffe & kuchen which is a lovely tradition in Germany. Our children love the idea of dessert before dinner and have fond memories from our visit to Germany. Sitting around a table filled with fresh baked deliciousness being passed around and enjoyed by family and friends joined in conversation. Coffee passed around, one two spoons of sugar, sweetly set table of plates and cups probably older than the oldest adult. There was a language barrier, some nervousness in customs not understood, differences in our routine- but somehow the time and ❤ put into the sweets on the table and the gathering around made that all fade away. How can you not relax and be grateful for everything when there is a tableful of cake spread out before you. And you know the next day it will happen again. Nobody telling you to eat just one.
So this Plum Kuchen is made and eaten in gratitude for grandma, the importance of gathering around the table and making things from scratch. It needn't be complicated, daunting, difficult. Take time to honor the simple pleasures life grants us. Bake a cake!
SUCH simple directions!
Preheat oven to 350' F
Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs, cream.
Add flour, baking powder, salt and combine.
Pour/smooth into a 8, 9, or 10 inch buttered springform pan.
Press plum halves in batter.
Squeeze fresh lemon over top. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
Bake until toothpick comes out clean. Probably just under an hour. Enjoy that incredible scent from you oven!
Enjoy! (if I eat it for breakfast I tend to add a bit of whole milk yogurt, if anytime after lunch it goes best with whipped cream)