As August draws us closer to September and farther from July, the last of summer's fruit makes an appearance ready to be enjoyed before apple season. One fruit that is both versatile and widely available in Ontario is the plum. With it, a veritable cornucopia of delicious desserts can be created and savoured while awaiting the arrival of Autumn.
I decided to make a Plum Crumb Cake because it is the type of cake that my family loves. It also makes a large 9 x 13 cake so there is plenty to share. This cake is fluffy and lemon-scented, topped with juicy red plums and crowned with a buttery brown sugar crumble. For this recipe I've added some step-by-step directions to show the process of making this cake from start to finish. I hope some of you will find this helpful.
Cream the butter and sugar together. Add your eggs and you should have a pale yellow mixture, close to the consistency of icing.
Alternately add the sour cream and dry ingredients into the butter mixture.
Your final batter should look like this - thick yet not stiff. Scrape the batter into your prepared pan.
Place the sliced plums decoratively over the batter.
Sprinkle with the crumb topping. Pop it in the oven and in less than an hour, you'll be enjoying some lovely cake!
Recipe: Plum Crumb Cake