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Christine Geery

Christine Geery
February 17
I've never played by the rules. I was absent the day they handed those out. I believe in being kind, playing fair, laughing often, not judging others and drinking red wine. And I always kiss my Sweetie goodnight. It may lead to other fun stuff. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Life is short!  Break the rules!  Forgive quickly!  Kiss slowly! Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably... And never regret anything that made you smile. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Always remember that stressed spelled backwards is desserts. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~ Mark Twain


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SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 12:51PM

Italian Plums! Get them while they're here!

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I think that the older I get I sometimes become more impatient about things that I want right now. Every year Spring and Summer pass and although I am upset to see these seasons leave, I am once again reminded that Italian plums are now in their prime. I do wish their ripening occurred earlier in the summer as with other fruits, but I have to admit that they are well worth the wait and anticipation. It's kind of like figs; get them now or forget them. They won't be the same at Christmas time. Unlike figs though, you only have one shot with Italian plums, and that's right now.

As the cake bakes the juices from the plums mixes with it. The riper the plums, the better.  Not only is this a feast for your sense of smell, but wait until you take that first bite. It is reminiscent of the coffee cake my German girlfriend's mother made called "German Kuchen". Ever since eating that cake I have wanted something similar. This is not only similar but the texture is denser, it's easier to make because you don't have to use yeast, and makes for a great breakfast substitute for muffins or toast.

This is a very old recipe, it is easy to prepare and delicious.

Italian Plum Cake


1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 pounds Italian plums, halved and pitted (16-18 plums)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Combine flour and baking powder. Add to creamed mixture. Beat in eggs, and vanilla.

Spread batter into a well greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch Pyrex pan, or pan of comparable size. Put halved pitted plums over top of batter (I place mine skin side up so the juices run into the cake), and sprinkle with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

NOTES - You can use a mixture of fruits in season such as blueberries, peaches, grapes, or apples. You can also add a small amount of well drained crushed pineapple to the batter.

Makes 10 to 12 servings

adapted from Lynnes country kitchen

plum cake 


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That sounds absolutely nummy. Put the coffee on!
I love Italian plums, which are known by another name in my language, and had just purchased a 4 litre basket yesterday! Great, Christine. I was thinking of plum pie, but I'll give your recipe a go. Thanks very much.
Okay, what's an Italian plum? Are they those little ones??? I never heard of plum cake. And this gets really good!
Gary, Italian plums are often called prune plums. They have a similar shape. Make it, you'll like it.
Chrissie, you put the coffee on. I'll bring the cake!
Sophieh...The perfect breakfast food
Fusun, make sure the plums are really ripe. Mine should have been riper, but I couldn't wait. It figures. As we all know patience is a virtue!
So pretty and they look delicious. I'm going to see if they have them in the store.
Snarky, where have you been?
Janice, thank you
Oh, that looks so good. What time is breakfast?
My american wife Andrea just made a plum cake this past Friday (plums from here in Tuscany).....it was a great success with her italian friends as well as with our cleaning lady....great with a Lavazza cappuccino for breakfast....

Oh my....now I'm hungry
This sounds delicious!
Although I don't do very well with those items available only once a year, I forget to go find them too easily.
I did just learn this month about another once a year treat: Armenian Cucumbers!
I'll go looking for Italian plums at the store today...that cake looks so good.
I have never heard of plum cake in my life! Looks amazing.r
Okay - I'll bring the whip cream if Chrissie does the coffee and Scanner plucks us a song on his guitar. Rated with a Jali Smile. :-)
This looks so fabulous, I am going to the store to look for these ASAP. And then try the recipe.
Thank you,
rated with love
Scanner, breakfast usually ends up at about 11-12
Roberto, glad to see that someone knows what I mean
MisterC, do you think that orchestra could play a plum?
Just, Aren't Armenian cucumbers kind of like the long English ones---burpless?
Jali, bring the whip cream, you're on
Poetess, you will love it.
I just got up. That looks like it would make a lovely breakfast...dinner...and tea.
What a pretty cake! I love recipes like this--simple, but perfect. I haven't seen any such plums in my area, but I'll keep an eye out for them.