August 7th, 2008

Enchanting Sugar Plums


stephen Block

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This is Stephen, from The Kitchen Project,
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Patricia Rain

Hi there

As fall approaches here in the states nice fruits are coming into season like plums and peaches!

we saw some Damson Plums in the grocery store and that is always exciting :-)) reminds me of grandma making Plum Kuchen ( German Plum Cake) .

I love the deep rich color of plums as well as the flavor. To me Enchanting on its own

You can of course use any kind of plums to make a plum cake.

 


Enchanting as the plums can be they are even more so with vanilla extract or sugar. A shameless advertisement but I guarantee you will LOVE the stuff.

Plum Cake
(Plum Kuchen)

1/2 lb. Plums

about 10 oz. Sweet dough

1 tsp grated Lemon rind ( half of a lemon)

Custard Filling
1/2 cup Sour cream
1 egg
2 Tblsp Vanilla Sugar
( may use sugar and 1 Tblsp vanilla extract )

Crumb topping ( Streusal Topping )
recipe follows

 

Directions:

Cutting the plums is simple, Wash them and then cut in half, remove the seed and then cut into quarters.

Place in a large bowl where we will be able to toss some vanilla sugar with them.

 

 

I use here a bout 3 Tablespoons of vanilla sugar for a pound of cut plums. If they are not so ripe I use a bit more.

You can add sugar and vanilla exract also, to sweeten the plums to your taste.

 

 

You can use any sweet dough recipe. I use about the size of a softball. (10 oz ) You don't have to be exact. Just don't use too much dough. When you roll it out and press it in the pan you want about 1/3 inch thickness, or the size of your little finger.

You can find my granmothers recipe here
Basic Kuchen

If I don't have time to make my own dough I find that
a tin of the refrigerator crecent roll dough works well.
My grandmothers kuchen dough had grated lemon rind in it. I found that a few scratches of lemon on top of the dough as I have done here works well also.

 

I chose a foil pan here as it is a great idea if you are going to take this to a dinner or coffee. They are inexpensive. You can use a round foil pie tin as well.

 

Here I have put a layer of plums on. You don't have to line them up, I thought that would look nice and I had time.

Now let the dough rise for a bit. About 30 minutes to an hour.

One of the keys of a good fruit kuchen is like making pizza. You don't want too much topping, as it will not rise properly.

Leave a thumbs width around the edge without fruit, this will make it's own ridge.

Now after it has risen bake it for 10 min. at 375 degrees

 

While the PlumCake is baking make the custard topping.

1 beaten egg

1/3 C. sour cream or heavy whipping cream

1 TB. vanilla sugar, or 1 TB sugar and 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Mix in a bowl until smooth


 

Make a Streusal or crumb topping by blending

1 TB softened butter

3 TB Flour

2 TB Brown sugar

 

 

Take the Plum Cake out after about 10 minutes or when the crust has risen and set a bit.

 

 

Pour the custard and then the crumb topping on top.

Then sprinkle some Cinnamon on top of that, and a dusting of Vanilla sugar to really add an Enchanting quality!

 

 

Bake the Plum Cake for another 15 to 20 minutes until the custard is set and nicely browned.

 

 

To serve the Plum Cake I put a little of the plum juice that is created when you sugar the plums and let them sit a bit.

Then I top it here with whipped cream and ground vanilla.

Ice cream works well as a topping!

This is a cake where the crust gets better as it sits. the filling seeps into the crust giving it a wonderful Plum infused flavor and tender but firm texture.

Enchanted Vanilla Sugar Special

Rain's Choice Vanilla sugar in a nice gift jar that you see in the picture.

Plus lets throw in some nice "Sexy and Plump" Mexican Vanilla Beans!

Patricia Rain knows personally many of the Mexican vanilla farmers and endorses these beans that come from the area that Vanilla was first discovered.

This varietal became the famous Madagascar vanilla. Right now they are very Plump and 8 inches long!

 

Rains Choice, Vanilla Sugar gift Jar

Plus
6 Mexican Vanilla Beans!

19.97
7.00 S/H


 


 

 

 

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Thank you, and if you have any questions,

I would love to hear from you about what you
like to cook or any recipe requests.

Email me at stephen@kitchenproject.com

 

 

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