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Plum Kuchen

Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris
Hands-on time 35 mins
Total time 1 hr, 10 mins
Yield 10 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
Almost any slightly firm plum will work in this lovely cake. In fact, we prefer a mix of black, red, and yellow fruit for contrasting flavor and color.

Ingredients

  • 6.75 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 7 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 pounds plums, quartered and pitted
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 256
  • fat 8.7 g
  • satfat 5.3 g
  • monofat 2.3 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 3.6 g
  • carbohydrate 42.5 g
  • fiber 1.5 g
  • cholesterol 40 mg
  • iron 1.2 mg
  • sodium 144 mg
  • calcium 48 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.

  2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cardamom in a medium bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Cut in 4 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.

  3. Combine milk, vanilla, and egg in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to flour mixture, and stir until just combined.

  4. Spoon batter into a 9-inch round metal cake pan coated with cooking spray. Arrange plums in a circular pattern over batter.

  5. Combine remaining 2/3 cup granulated sugar, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, lemon rind, and allspice in a small bowl, stirring well. Place remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 30 seconds or until butter melts. Stir into sugar mixture. Sprinkle plums evenly with sugar mixture. Bake at 425° for 35 minutes or until browned and bubbling. Cool in pan 1 hour on a wire rack. Cut into wedges.