I know that plums aren't in season just yet in Ontario but, I couldn't resist picking some up at the grocery store this weekend. (Months of buying apples, pears and bananas will do that to you.) The recipe I had in mind was one I had wanted to try for a while - Plum Sour Cream Kuchen.
Kuchen is a German word for a "coffeecake raised with yeast, often contaianing fruits and nuts."Dictionary.com
Epicurious.com defines kuchen as "A fruit- or cheese-filled yeast-raised cake, usually served for breakfast but also enjoyed as a dessert. It originated in Germany but is now enjoyed in many variations throughout much of Europe and the United States. The word kaffeekuchen is German for "coffee cake."
The plum kuchen is a variation of the above because it is not yeasted. A orange scented cake batter is topped with cinnamon-sprinkled plums which, an hour or so later, turns into a moist, wonderful cake. Next to apples in pie, cooked plums rank high in my books. They soften while they bake, yet stay semi-firm, juicy and delicious. The cake is fantastic on its own any time of the day (or night) with a hot beverage. A scoop of vanilla ice cream wouldn't hurt either.Recipe: Plum Sour Cream Kuchen