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Mrs. Plum Cake From The Modern Jewish Table Cookbook

Have winter plums? Want a quick and easy dessert that will be approved by both kids and adults? Then you should make Mrs. Plum Cake From The Modern Jewish Table Cookbook.

A few weeks ago, my friend Sylvie invited me to her house for homemade Vietnamese food and asked me to bring dessert. I decided to page through The Modern Jewish Table Cookbook I received as a preview copy and noticed there was a cake with plums. Luckily, I had black plums in my latest Washington's Green Grocer order and needed only a few extra ingredients from the store.

Mrs. Plum Cake From The Modern Jewish Table Cookbook
reprinted with permission

1 cup unsalted butter, softened (plus extra to grease)
1 cup superfine sugar
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups self-rising flour plus extra to flour)
4 ripe plums, sliced {of course remove the pits}
1 tablespoon plum jam (if you can't find plum jam, use a red seedless jam)

1) I decided to double the recipe
2) I did not use the right size of baking dishes and had to bake the cakes twice as long: my own fault! But they still came out great.
3) I used apricot jam from Rigoni di Asiago that I received as samples.

1. Preheat the oven to 325F.
2. Cream butter and sugar together with a beater. Beat in eggs one at a time.
3. Add yogurt, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Beat the mixture until smooth.
4. Grease with more butter and flour a 12 x 6 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pan. Pour in the mixture.
5. Decorate with sliced plums over the top of the cake (make sure there are plenty).
6. Bake for approximately 40 minutes.
7. To check if the cake is baked, push a skewer below the plums into the center. It is done when the skewer comes out clean.
8. Remove from oven and leave to cool. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack.
9. Melt the jam in a small saucepan and glaze the top and sides of cake using a pastry brush.

This was such an easy recipe to put together. I used a stand mixer. As you can see, the plums fell into the cake. Maybe it's because I used the wrong sized baking dishes? The taste was still awesome!

I wish I did not leave all the leftovers at Sylvie's ;)