Plum Coffee Cake

IMG_0719 (550x362)Plums were on sale last week so we got to enjoy a scrumptious plum coffee cake on the weekend. The recipe reminds me very much of Apple Sharlotka (Russian Apple Cake/Pie). The juicy plums add just the right amount of moisture and tartness to the sweet and tender cake. I don’t think a dessert could be more perfect than this. My husband happens to prefer coffee cakes, which he calls pies, over all desserts, except Cheese Blintzes (nalistniki) and I have to agree with him. I will choose this Coffee Cake over a fancy creation any day. 

Recipe from Videoculinary.ru

Ingredients:

6-8 plums, pitted

5 eggs, room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

1 1/3 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray.

Cut each plum into 8 slices. Set aside.

By the way, if your plums are sour, they won’t become sweeter as they bake. You need to choose sweet plums. I usually buy more than I need, that way I can pick out the sweetest plums to use in the coffee cake, since it’s not too sweet itself.

You can also use peaches, nectarines or apples in this recipe. If you’re going to use apples, I would peel them and slice them thinly, so they cook all the way through.

IMG_0668 (550x367)In a standing mixer with a whisk attachment or using a hand mixer, mix the eggs, gradually adding the sugar until pale and fluffy, at least 5 minutes.

IMG_0691 (550x367)Add the sour cream and lemon zest; mix to combine.

The lemon zest is a must in this recipe. It perfumes the whole coffee cake with a gentle, citrusy aroma and gives it such an extraordinary note.

IMG_0695 (550x367)IMG_0698 (550x367)Sift the flour and baking powder over the batter and carefully fold it into the egg mixture, trying not to deflate the eggs as much as possible. IMG_0701 (550x367)IMG_0702 (550x365)IMG_0705 (550x367)Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. IMG_0708 (550x363)Top with the prepared plums. Poke some of the plums into the batter and place more plums on top. Most of the plums should be covered with the batter. IMG_0710 (550x367)Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes. Cool for about 5-10 minutes, invert the coffee cake onto a cooling rack and peel off the parchment paper.IMG_0715 (550x362)IMG_0719 (550x362)

Plum Coffee Cake
 
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Recipe type: Sweets
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 6-8 plums, pitted
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1⅓ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray with baking spray.
  2. Cut each plum into 8 slices. Set aside.
  3. In a standing mixer with a whisk attachment or using a hand mixer, mix the eggs, gradually adding the sugar until pale and fluffy, at least 5 minutes.
  4. Add the sour cream and lemon zest; mix to combine.
  5. Sift the flour and baking powder over the batter and carefully fold it into the egg mixture, trying not to deflate the eggs as much as possible.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  7. Top with the prepared plums. Poke some of the plums into the batter and place more plums on top. Most of the plums should be covered with the batter.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes.
  9. Cool for about 5-10 minutes, invert the coffee cake onto a cooling rack and peel off the parchment paper.

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