And just like that…summer has hit the ground running!
Each night I have been out doing my best to harvest the 10lbs+ a day from our pluot tree…all while trying to figure out WHAT to do with them all. Our neighbors/friends are all getting their shares worth…my freezer is getting packed…and in the meantime, baking away. Pies, cakes, you name it. Some other things I have planned are a plum shrub, dehydrating them for winter snacks, and jam (anyone have any other ideas??). I made up this Pluot Coffee Cake last week and it was sooo delicious. Hope you enjoy too!
Plum Coffee Cake
(recipe by Dianna Rattray)
- 5 plums/pluots (about 1 1/2 lbs
- 3/4 c. softened butter
1 1/4 c. granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. granulated sugar with 1 tsp. cinnamon (for topping)
1/2 c. light brown sugar
3/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
5 tbsp. melted butter
- Gather ingredients.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Grease and flour a 9-inch pan.
- Slice peeled pluots or plums thinly and toss them in a bowl with 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar; set aside
- In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the 3/4 cup of butter and 1 cup of the granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, combine the 1 3/4 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly blend the dry ingredients into the first mixture until the batter is smooth. The batter will be thick.
- Spread the batter in the prepared baking pan. Arrange the sliced pluots or plums all around in a concentric circle, overlapping slightly. Fill in gaps and overlap with any leftover slices of fruit. Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon mixture evenly over the fruit.
- If desired, top with the streusel topping, if using (see below).
- Bake the cake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean.
- In a bowl, combine the 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 3/4 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, and 5 tablespoons of melted butter. Mix with fingers or a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over the fruit topping.
- Serve and enjoy!
Photos in collaboration with Cocobolo, a shop here in Tacoma with an incredible house line of timeless pieces. Shown wearing their Ashbury Wrap Top in Ivory, paired with Side and Dinner Plates, and a Things Dish.