Monday, September 22, 2008

TWD: Dimply Plum Cake



It's been a while since I've participated in Tuesdays with Dorie. It's been so hectic for both Erin and me in the last month or so, which is why we had to take an unwanted hiatus. Way back in 2007, when we decided to start Smell The Basil jointly, we figured that if life got too busy for one of us, then, certainly the other would be available and capable of picking up the slack. Crazily enough, we both ended up moving at the exact same time and now, Erin's stuff is in storage, my stuff is in storage, and neither of us are able to cook or bake in the comforts of our own kitchens. It's frustrating to try to cook in other people's kitchen's, isn't it? I'm temporarily living at my parent's house, and I'm loathe to re-purchase any necessities since I know all my favorite pans, whisks, and fancy vanilla extract are patiently waiting for me in a cold, dark storage unit in Central Jersey.


Well, this week's recipe is so easy that I could participate in TWD even with my mom's bare-bones baking supplies. My mom hasn't touched a cookie sheet in years, but she does have a glass pyrex 8x8 dish and we lucked into loads of fresh prune-plums last week, everything needed to make this Dimply Plum Cake, chosen by Michelle of Bake-En. The batter was a cinch to put together and tasted pretty good, as well. It's the perfect breakfast treat, punctuated with a hint of cardomom and orange zest. The crumb is moist, but also firm and it sets up quite nicely.





The only downside is that the cake rose up and over the plums, mostly covering them, but they're in there, I promise! I'd make this again, for sure. For the full recipe, please check it out, either in Dorie Greenspan's book, "Baking, From My Home To Yours," or visit Michelle's site! Thanks!

10 comments:

Lori said...

i always feel so handicapped, cooking in someone else's kitchen...though it does give me a built-in excuse when things go awry. :) your cake looks beautiful, with the plums peeking through the cake.

CB said...

Both moving at the same time?? aaawww you poor things! I hate moving. Glad you were able to bake in your mom's kitchen though. Baking is theraputic. Cake looks lovely. Great job!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

TeaLady said...

Migrant baking. Works for me. Great job on the cake in your mom's kitchen. My mom's is about 5 foot square. No help there if my kitchen breaks.

Tracey said...

My cake baked up over a few of my plums too so I feel your pain. It still looks great!

Peggy said...

I sort of thought I needed more plums, didn't you? But yours looks great. And that chocolate mousse below it. YUM

The Food Librarian said...

Ugh. Moving. Yucky. You needed this cute little cake! :)

Although the plum is sunken a bit, the bright color looks great!

Engineer Baker said...

Wow, your cake just swallowed up those plums! I agree though - I hate baking in someone else's kitchen.

Liz Stambaugh said...

I would like to get your email so I can send you an invitation to a food blogger dinner in Baltimore.

n.o.e said...

Good job making this away from home base. That's great that you could bake this one - it was good, wasn't it? You found those cute little plums.
Nancy

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