Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tea On Tuesday..........Red Plums and Yellow Peaches

The stone fruit that has come our way this year, from friends' trees and our own has been so abundant that I am running out of ways to use it up...there is only so much stewing, jam making, pickling,and sauce making one is up for. Any way I have talked about this delicious plum cake before, I have made it so many times this year, thought I would pass on the recipe and hope you enjoy it too. To join us for Tea, visit here.

Nigel Slater's Plum Cake  
150g unrefined caster sugar
150 g room temp. butter
3 large eggs
                              75 g plain flour                                           
                                          1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder                
                                  100 g ground almonds                           
                50 g walnuts, chopped                                             
                                                       16 or so plums, stones removed and cut into quarters 
You will need a 20cm. square or 23cm. round cake tin about 6 cm. deep. Line with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.   With electric mixer beat butter and sugar until very pale and fluffy. ( about 5-7 min. ) Break eggs into a jug and lightly beat. With mixer on medium speed, gradually pour the egg into the butter sugar mix. Add a spoonful of  flour between each addition of egg. Sift remaining flour and baking powder over the bowl and carefully fold into the batter with a metal spoon. Then fold in the almonds and walnuts. Scrape mixture into prepared tin and place plums close together all over the top. Bake for about 45 min. Test with a skewer in middle of cake, if there is no mixture stuck to it then it's cooked.   
Another colourful recipe you might like to try comes from the lovely Sophie at The Invisible Cookbook...........she has a recipe for Chocolate Beetroot Cupcakes.
 and speaking of baking and colour......
is'nt this the most beautiful KitchenAid you have ever seen ! Photo by Ree Drummond at The Pioneer Woman.


  1. OMGoodness, that cake looks divine. I can smell it from here. Yummmmmmmmmm.

  2. Gorgeous Pink!! What a beautiful cake. Oh, and wouldn't cooking just be so much easier with a mixer like that!
    And thank you.

  3. oh Gayle, yum yum yum cakes and mixer!! happy tea day!

  4. I wish I was there with you drinking a cup of delicious tea and eating those cakes. What a wonderful way to start the day. Today is my first "Tea on Tuesdays" so I'm stopping by to say "hi" and introducing myself.
    Wendy :)
    The Year of the Cats

  5. Beautiful fruit and the recipe sounds wonderful, like a cobbler almost. The kitchenaid IS the most beautiful one I have ever seen. :) Happy tea day to you!

  6. Oh and I just bought some almond meal today! Not that I have any stone fruit on hand though ..... but we will! My husband says the apricot tree is covered with flower buds!

    That mixer is just so cool! I wonder if that's a custom paint job?

    Happy Down Under Tuesday (Wednesday, now)

    hugs, Kimmie

  7. I am in awe of that cake, although by now, it is probably all gone. I love plums. Can't say enough good things about them. I might even enjoy cooking if I had that mixer.

    Happy belated Tea Tuesday because I know it's now Wednesday in your part of the world.

  8. Oh yum! That cake looks so awesome! I saw the PW giveaway for those mixers...missed the deadline though. They sure were purdy. :)

  9. Yes.
    Yes that is a superior KitchenAid.

    Pathetically, I got a KitchenAid for my wedding (Many years ago). I lost it in a move (grrrr).
    I have not defaced it's original awesomeness by replacing it with a new one.

    Wouldn't be the same.


    Also. Wouldn't be free.
    (you know, because the first one Was free. All I had to do was get married, no biggie)

    enjoy your tea.

  10. what a great kitchen aid but more importantly your plum recipe and pictures look fantastic! we will have to wait a few more months for stone fruit, I do envy you so much!

  11. oh yum! and that mixer, is sheer love.

  12. mmmh looks so tasty!
    And yes - that kitchen aid is a gem!!

    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog.
    *breath* :)

    Your advice is just what I need. The journey is in danger of being overlooked, but God is good and keeps sending reminders to cherish this time. Here's to re-claiming the journey!! :)


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