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Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris Photo by: Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris

Plum Kuchen

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.

Cooking Light JULY 2011

  • Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
  • Hands-on:35 Minutes
  • Total:1 Hour, 10 Minutes

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

Preparation

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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 256
  • Fat: 8.7g
  • Saturated fat: 5.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
  • Protein: 3.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 42.5g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 144mg
  • Calcium: 48mg
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