Doesn’t the name sound like a sneeze? Kuchen! Oh, but it’s not! Plum Kuchen, how I love thee. I recently made Plum Kuchen and was lucky to get pictures of it before it was gone. It was so good!
Some of you may be chocolate girls, but not me. I’ll choose a fruity dessert over chocolate every time! No questions asked. That is why this may be my new favorite.
I wasn’t really sure how it would turn out. Since it’s a cake, I expected the batter to be like a cake batter, but this was not the case. It was much more like biscuit dough… which got me kind of excited, cuz I love biscuits! It was really hard to spread in the pan because of the consistency, but I did my best!
Plum Kuchen (found in Cooking Light magazine, slightly modified)
1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
2/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp granulated sugar, divided (I used organic raw sugar)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground cardamom
7 Tbsp butter, divided
1/2 cup fat-free milk (I used low-fat)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
2-3 plums, pitted and quartered
1/4 tsp allspice
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cups and level with a knife. Combine flour, 2 Tbsp granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and cardamom in a medium bowl. Stir well with a whisk. Cut in 4 Tbsp butter with a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles course meal.
3. Combine milk, vanilla, and egg in a bowl and stir with a whisk. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
* this is where I was surprised by the consistency. It’s very thick and sticky, just like biscuit dough.
4. Spoon batter into a 9-inch round metal cake pan coated in cooking spray. You’ll probably have to spread it with clean fingers to make it reach the outer edges of the pan. Arrange the plums in a circular pattern over the batter.
5. Combine the remaining 2/3 cup, remaining 1/8 tsp of salt, and allspice in a small bowl and stir well. Melt the remaining 3 Tbsp of butter in a microwave-safe bowl, 30 seconds, or until melted. Stir melted butter into the sugar mixture and sprinkle the plums evenly with the mixture. YUM!
6. Bake at 425 degrees for 35 minutes or until browned and bubbling. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 1 hour. Cut into wedges and enjoy!