During Summer we get to experience a range of amazing fruits and in particular, stone fruits. Blood plums are one of my favourite and very importantly my Pa's. I found this recipe in the Williams-Sonoma Baking Book that I bought in my local coffee-book-shop. It gives the reader American soulful recipes that I can imagine grandmas baking in their kitchens all over the South.
As soon as I saw the recipe I thought it would be a wonderful thing to bake for my Pa and on my next visit I made sure to give it a go. Not only did the cake look amazingly rustic and homely, but Pa loved it. This is my first attempt at a Buckle cake and it was very simple. The result is a dense moist cake with a lovely crumbley top surrounding the baked fruit.
Ingredients for Plum Buckle
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
250g softened unsalted butter
1 cup caster sugar
2 large eggs
6-8 blood plums (pitted and quartered)
1tbsp of caster sugar
1/4tsp of ground cinnamon
Pre-heat your oven to 180'C. Grease an average 24cm circular spring-form tin and lightly flour it. Alternatively you could line it with baking paper.
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer/beaters until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and beat well.
Place mixture evenly in the tin and poke plum quarters into the cake batter. It is important that the slices are close together, and don't be scared to push them deep into the batter. Combine the remaining caster sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and liberally sprinkle over the cake. This will lightly caramelise during the baking process and add great flavour to the plums.