Thursday, October 6, 2011

French Plum Cake/ Pastel Francés de Ciruela

I saw this scrumptious cake on Foodgawker and I knew I had to  make it for my Sunday school  kids. Kids love cakes with fresh fruits in them and they seldom get to eat this kind of cake for not every mom loves to bake. And what more this kind of cake are not sold in bakeries !  I was first attracted by the photo on Food Gawker, then after I read through the recipe, I found the method was a bit different from the usual cake making. It turned out moist and really delicious. Love it very much and I shall be making this again for my next pot bless :)  And I am sure you too will fall in love with this scrumptious French plum cake. I guess another name for it in Spanish is Pastel Francés de Ciruela  :p

Of course the person I have to thank is ChoCorrol for sharing such a wonderful cake with me :)  This is a beautiful cake . Plums are in season now and are plenty at hypemarts. I took the opportunity to try this out. Knowing me, I skipped the queue in my long to do list and baked this first :p and I went to bed happy that nite knowing how much the kids loved it. My Piggies were not around to savor them ,  at least the kids from Church get to taste them just the same.  The photos paint a million words...ahem is not an offence to drool over feel free to drool...especialy to my dear friend Claire  :p  

French Plum Cake/ Pastel Francés de Ciruela  - taken from Chocorrol 

Ingredients :

200gm sugar * I reduce it to 110 gm
4 egg yolks
250 gm unsalted butter
300 gm all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
250 gm plums

1 egg
50 gm ground hazelnuts
1 egg white

powdered sugar for top


Whisk the egg yolks with sugar until it dissolves completely.   Mix flour with baking powder. Add the mixed flour and baking powder to the yolk and sugar mixture. Mix thoroughly. Add in the butter and mix until the batter gets smooth. Cover with  cling wrap and refrigerate for about 30 mins.

Wash the plum and cut into halves and take out pit.  * I sliced them

Whisk the egg white until stiff.  Mix the ground hazelnuts with the egg . Lightly mix the prepared egg white with the nut mixture.

Spread half of the batter on the bottom of the greased baking pan. Spread the hazelnut mixture as a next layer. Place on the plums and cover them with the other half of the batter. Bake in a preheated over  (200°C) for about  50 mins. When the cake is cooled down, sprinkle it with powdered sugar * I omitted this.

Enjoy and have a blessed day !

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  1. Bet the kids in your church will be asking for more!

  2. Oh, there's something like a meringue in the middle with the plums?

  3. What a great treat to bring to the kids. I love that it's outside the box. My kids would go nuts for this one. Beautiful and delicious, it does not get any better than that. Have a wonderful week.

  4. I bet the kids loved this one - it's a beautiful cake! It's amazing the talented cooks, chefs and photographers they have on Foodgawker, isn't it?

  5. I love the flavors, I will bookmark this:D thanks for giving us such delicious looking photos for us to drool over:D

  6. Looks and sounds fabulous!!!

    I have some cooking apples that could be transformed into something like this? Or even raspberries!

  7. are so right...they love the cake :)

    Wendy...yea...soft meringue :) I tell you the texture is different. The butter was added in later so different from the creaming method and I like this method. The cake turned out good...slurp slurp but remember reduce the sugar if yu want to make this :)

    Kim Bee...yea I am sure your kids will love this cake :) You too have a wonderful week!

    Ann...yesss...the kids love the cake and I am so happy when all vanished is such a short time :))

    Jeannie...hope you will love it as much as I do :)

    Lynne....yes , you can substitute the plums with raspberries and apple :)

  8. Hi Elin,
    Your plum cake looks delightful! I love baking with plums.
    Thank you for stopping by and for following too. You have a lovely site here, following you as well, and your other cooking blog too! Have a lovely day!

  9. This looks simple and delicious! I'm bookmarking this recipe for the weekend gathering.
    Have a great weekend Elin :)

  10. now that is one delicious looking plum cake! Plums are still in season here and it sounds like a perfect way to showcase the lovely flavor of plums. Piggy Chef gives it two thumbs up!

  11. So so yummy!! any extra piece? i come over now!

  12. your plum cake looks rustic, yeah, sounds like this cake is a little unusual from the normal plum cakes..

  13. Elin, I suddenly turn into a kid, may I have a piece of your plum cake? Pretty please?