Thursday, 29 September 2016

Recipe: Plum, fig and almond cake

Plum, fig and almond cake recipe for using up plum glut

It's late September. The kids are back at school. The kits are settling in. The kitchen is half finished and a bit of a tip.

What to do in the midst of a building site? Make a cake, of course.

With six big bruise-coloured plums and three plump figs lurking in the fruit bowl, the decision made itself. No stranger to plums and what complements their flavour (I once lived in a house with an abundant plum tree), almonds were a given. Would figs work too? 

Yes. Yes, they would.

It was an easy win. I modified an Italian plum cake recipe by David Tanis by adding figs and using golden caster sugar and a dash of almond extract. 

The end result was the perfect combination of dense crumb and molten, jammy fruit.

This is a cake best served warm, as close to just-out-of-the-oven as you can get without the risk of third degree burns, with a cup of coffee on a rainy autumn day. 

Plum, fig and almond cake recipe for using up plum glut

Recipe: Plum, fig and almond cake

100g ground almonds
100g unrefined golden caster sugar plus 50g for topping
75g plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
125ml milk
1/4 tsp almond extract
4 tbsp butter
300g plums
100g figs

Preheat the oven to 180°. Butter a 25cm springform cake tin.

Mix together the almonds, sugar, flour and salt in the bowl of a Kitchenaid mixer or similar, or just in a large mixing bowl.

In a separate jug, beat the eggs, add the milk and almond extract, and then stir in the melted butter.  

Add the contents of the jug to the dry ingredients and beat well until you have a smooth batter. 

Scrape the batter into the cake tin. 

Half and de-stone your plums, then chop each half into four slices. Quarter your figs without quite cutting through the base so that you can open the fruit out into a four-petalled flower. 

Scatter the plum slices evenly over the batter, then arrange the figs on top. Sprinkle the extra 1/4 cup of sugar over the top.

Bake for 45 minutes until the top is golden and a skewer pushed into the center of the cake comes out clean.


A friend on Facebook recently asked whether anyone had a good plum cake recipe. Well, do I have a recipe or two. That aforementioned plum tree is to blame. 

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