‘Plumb’ Cake: Monday Morning Cooking Club

A delicious plum cake from the old world.
Plum crumble cake home baking

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.

 

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Plum crumble cake home baking
'Plumb' Cake
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The base of the cake - a dough which you roll out - needs to rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours before using.
Servings Prep Time
8 30 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 30 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Plum crumble cake home baking
'Plumb' Cake
Votes: 11
Rating: 4.09
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
The base of the cake - a dough which you roll out - needs to rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours before using.
Servings Prep Time
8 30 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 30 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Base (dough)
Crumble
To assemble
Servings:
Units:
Instructions
  1. To make the dough, put the flours and butter in a bowl and use your fingertips to mix them together, until the butter is evenly dispersed and the mixture forms crumbs
  2. Add the sugar, egg yolks and sour cream and mix together using your hands or a wooden spoon. When a soft, sticky ball of dough is formed, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. To make the crumble, use your fingertips or a food processor to combine the flour, sugar and butter until crumbs form. Refrigerate until needed.
  4. Remove the dough from the fridge 30 minutes before using. Preheat the oven to 180C (350 F). Grease a 24 cm springform cake tin.
  5. On a well-floured surface, roll out the dough thickly, to fit the base and halfway up the side of the tin. Line the base and side of the tin with the dough, then place the plums on top, arranging them very close together.
  6. With your hands, squeeze the crumble mixture together, then break it up over the top of the plums. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
  7. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until the cake is golden on top and cooked through.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature with cream or ice cream.

 

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INGREDIENTS
3 eggs
230 g (1 cup) caster (superfine) sugar
60 ml (1/4 cup) oil, plus extra for greasing
500 g (1 lb 2 oz) farm (or dry cottage) cheese, chopped
125 g (scant 3/4 cup) polenta
finely grated zest of 1/2 an orange or lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt
sour cream, to serve

METHOD
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a loaf tin generously.

Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the sugar until pale and creamy.

With the mixer on low, pour in the oil and beat until combined. Add the cheese and beat well then add the polenta, lemon zest and salt.

Continue to beat until well combined. Don’t be concerned if you can still see lumps of cheese.

Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 45 minutes .

Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of sour cream.

Makes 1 loaf.

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