I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Plum Cake Tatin

So good and different from your normal dessert.  Looks so pretty and inviting to eat.  Elegant yet simple to make.


PLUM CAKE TATIN
(Serves 12)

Ingredients:

*12 purple italian plums, cut in half & pitted (if you use larger plums, pit them, & slice them
*1 cup white sugar
*1/3 cup water
*6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
*3/4 cup white sugar
*2 large eggs, room temperature
*1/3 cup sour cream
*1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
*1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
*1/2 teaspoon baking powder
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*powdered sugar

Directions:
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Grease a 9" glass pie pan with butter.
~Arrange the plums in the buttered pie pan, cut side down.
~In a small saucepan, over high heat, combine 1 cup sugar & 1/3 cup water.
~Cook until the water turns light-medium amber in color  (Swirl the pan, do not stir) (Don't Take Your Eyes Off OF IT, it will burn)
~Pour over plums.
~In a mixing bowl, cream the butter & 3/4 cup white sugar, until light & fluffy.
~Lower the speed and add in eggs one at a time.
~Add the sour cream, lemon zest & vanilla, mix until combined.
~In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, & salt.
~Add to wet ingredients, mix until just mixed (do not over mix).
~Pour the cake batter over plums.
~Spread caked batter evenly over plums.
~Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until cake is done.
~Cool for 15 minutes.
~Invert the cake onto a plate.
~Cool for 15 minutes, then dust with powdered sugar.
~Serve warm or room temperature.

Variations:
`add 1 cup rhubarb, chopped small, placed over the plums.
`add 1 cup peaches, sliced thin.  Put plums on the outer edge of pan and peaches in the center.
`substitute plums with granny smith apples, peeled, cored & sliced.  Use enough apples to fill the bottom of the pan.  I would also add a little cinnamon & nutmeg to cake batter.
`substitute plums with a mixture of apples, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries & blueberries, enough to fill the bottom of the pan.
`substitue plums with pears,  slice and fill bottom on the pan.


Helpful Hint:
If your plums are very sweet, decrease the amount of sugar you are using in the water.

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