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Doing Something Different With All These Plums: Nigel Slater’s Plum Cake

I’ve got a glut of plums from the two trees in my garden. This isn’t a new thing, as I normally get a few bags from my nan’s tree, but I have become bored with jamming and stewing the life out of the big, juicy fruits. Although tasty, these methods seem a bit conformist and wasteful all of a sudden.

Looking for something different to do with plums led me to Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries. Ailsa was given the book a few years ago for her birthday, and although I’ve always been aware of the smart hardback sitting there on our bookshelf, I’ve never sat down and read it.

So, I’ve been catching up with everyone else in discovering this great book, where Nigel details his seasonal eating through the year, right from full-on game feasts, to an ‘it’s too hot, can’t be arsed to cook, I’ll make new potato chips and drink some beer’ type of thing. My first attempt at one of the recipes is the plum cake, which Nigel describes ‘…as wonderfully moist and fresh’.

Moist is certainly the word for this cake – with 16 plums lumped on top of a cake base, ready to sink in whilst cooking, it could hardly be anything else! Elly, from cooking blog Elly Says Opa! has also made this cake, and comments that ‘…Nigel must be using some itty bitty plums’ as she only used 5.

Fionnuala sheds some light on the copious plum recommendation on her kitchen blog. She saw Nigel make this cake on the tele, and apparently he was using a tiny, local plum.

How Many Plums??
I popped 13 plums on top before they started to double up, so I munched the remaining three. The plums in my garden are very big this year, and 13 really contributed to a moist cake. The end product is not heavy though, which makes this cake a great choice for a warm evening’s pudding.

It also reminds me of the sweet cakes that are popular on the continent with breakfast. The cake is terribly moreish too, and it took very little time before I was back up and grabbing a second helping.

This recipe is dead easy to follow as well; another reason to give it a go. I’m eager to try again later in the year with the pears on my other garden tree.

My food photography leaves rather a lot to be desired, so for a really tantalising picture of this cake in all its splendour, check out the Teen Baker blog.

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