Friday, September 25, 2009

Pflaumen Kuchen (German Plum Cake)

This traditional German cake made with Italian Blue Plums is a fabulous treat and a family favorite.  Thanks to my aunt, Ilse Ehlert, for bringing us a basket of these beautiful plums from her tree.  

1/4 cup butter
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
1  1/2 cup flour
 1 tsp. baking powder 
1/4 cup milk
2 1/2 to 3 pounds sm. Italian Blue Plums, depending on size of the pan 
About 1 cup chopped nuts

Cream butter and sugar.  Mix in eggs, flour, salt, baking powder, vanilla, and milk.  Grease a 9x13 or jelly roll pan and spread dough in the pan.  Wash the plums, cut them in half, and remove the pits.  Lay plums on top of the dough, cut side up.  Sprinkle nuts over plums.  Place cake in a 375 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes.   

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