Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Plum Crumb-yes, that's really the name of this cake

It's Tuesday again, and that means hundreds of internet bakers are joining together as part of our TWD baking club and recreating a sweet treat from Dorie Greenspan's sizeable tome, "Baking: From My Home to Yours." This week, the appointed recipe is a plum brioche tart. You will not find a plum brioche tart here. Yeast risen brioche dough, while extremely pleasant in other forms, is not to my liking in tart form. And so I had decided not to participate in today's baking, except that a couple of days ago while swimming in my parent's backyard, my daughter noticed some plums, just ripe for the picking on a poolside tree. Together we plucked the best of the bunch, and then threw the squishy ones over the fence because no one lives back there and it seemed like the sensible thing to do. Ripe plums make very fine baseballs, in case you are ever in need, by the way. Having procured my plums by sheer fortune, I knew I had to make something delicious with them. I remembered a plum crumb cake that I used to love from an old Pillsbury cookbook. Please don't be put off by the name Plum Crumb. Maybe you won't be, but my mother regularly uses the noun "Crumb" to label married men with-how shall I say?- lascivious and licentious behavior. For example, if Mom knows anything about John Gosselin, she would definitely dub him a Crumb. But don't blame this crumb for any of his misdeeds. This crumb is a soft lemon cake, covered with juicy jewel -toned plums, and then topped with a brown sugar streusel. I remembered that I used to adore it, but like so many things that I used to love in my youth (cool ranch doritos, for example) I worried that it wouldn't survive the test of time. I am very happy to be wrong. It's scrumptious, just absolutely scrumptious and I hope you'll make one soon. I sure will. I know a great place to get some free plums.
Money Saving Tips:
The best time to get a good price on plums is summer and early fall, so act now. (Anybody in your neighborhood have a plum tree?) All other ingredients are pantry staples, so once you get a good price on plums, you should be able to make this one for mere pennies. You can easily double or triple this recipe. If you choose to double, use one whole egg, instead of two yolks. Substitute plain yogurt, sour cream, or plain milk for the buttermilk, if necessary.
Plum Crumb Cake
Estimated Cost: $3.00
Serves Four
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 eggs yolk
1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
generous pinch of salt salt
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 and 1/2 cups sliced plums with skins
Crumb Topping:
5 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 5 inch springform pan, (or use a loaf pan) with no stick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add yolk, lemon zest and juice. In a seperate bowl, combine flour, powder, soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with buttermilk in two additions. Pour batter into prepared pan. Cover with layer of sliced plums. In a separate small bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Mix in melted butter with fork. Crumble over the top of plums. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and puffed. Check doneness in center with toothpick and be sure that toothpick comes out clean.
Next Up:
Super Fast Grilled Steak Sandwiches


chocolatechic said...


Lisa said...

Looks delicious.

*glitterkitchen* said...

this looks yum!!!

The Japanese Redneck said...

So sad, all our plums are gone now. Looks good. I don't think I've ever seen a springform that small before.


gigi said...

It's not crumby at all.
Looks wonderfully delicious!

MK and Co. said...

Looks adorable and delicious. The pictures turned out beautiful Prudy!

The Blonde Duck said...

Can I come over for some of the tex-mex soup and plumb crumb?

Michal said...

hooray! we have a plum tree and i'm always looking for a good baking recipe to use when we've eaten all we can fresh.

Stacy said...

This looks very yummy and I think I saw plums on sale this week! Perfect timing! Thanks for sharing!

Katrina said...

Way to somewhat stick with the Dorie theme! ;) The cake looks awesome. My parents have a plum tree, too, but I'm not lucky enough to live anywhere near them! ;(
Great job!

TeaLady said...

That looks so good. Love the mini look.

Marjie said...

It looks great, but hereabouts, plums just disappear. I don't know how it happens.

Anne said...

Looks better than the original! I love when old recipes stand up the test of time. Yum!

Chef Jeena said...

Looks fabulous Prudy I bet it is so tasty especially using plums yum yum. :-)

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Looks like a little slice of summer. Mmmm!


Valerie said...

Sooo cute and I love how you have the prices! Thanks!!

Kestrel said...

I read through your entire archives (it took me a looong time) and bookmarked the recipes I wanted to try. FYI, I made this and your shepherd's pie with summer vegetables for the missionaries tonight. The shepherd's pie was delicious, but this cake.

Oh, this cake.

I actually had a mishap and so I stirred the plums and topping into the actual cake, but oh how delicious it was! And I accidentally used the juice of an entire lemon. Oh and I used vanilla yogurt instead of buttermilk. But oh my gosh, this was seriously incredible. Bless you milady for posting this amazing recipe!

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