It is plum time here in Australia. And the season is short and hopefully still has a couple of months left in it.
This quite old fashioned but still modern plum crumble cake has a heartfelt story. It comes from my good friend Lyndi, who got the recipe from her mother Lily who brought the recipe with her to Australia from Czechoslovakia. I was at school in Melbourne with Lyndi and I still remember eating it at their place – and doing so often. And then I recall so fondly when we both coincidentally moved to Sydney, Lyndi would make it for me when each of our kids was born – such a generous, soothing and uplifting gift. The joy of finding a few minutes to sit down with a cup of tea and a slice of that cake is still with me.
For Lyndi, it was always written as ‘plumb’ cake, and it wasn’t until she was well into her teenage years that she realised her mother had spelled it incorrectly. I am so honoured that we have this recipe in our collection and we still smile as we write it as ‘plumb’ cake. It is one of the most wonderful cakes in the MMCC collection and we are transported back to another time and another place when this one is baking.