Sunday, September 19, 2010

Apple, Peach, or Plum Cake Cockaigne from Joy of Cooking


I made this today with 3 ripe, juicy pears and it was delicious. I added cinnamon and nutmeg to the cake batter and brown sugar in the topping. Delicious! This recipe is so quick to make, and it is wonderful for breakfast or dessert, especially with some ice cream.

I have made a few comments and changes. If you want the recipe straight from the horse's mouth follow this link: Joy of Cooking's Plum Cake

Line a 9x9x2 1/2 inch pan with Release aluminum foil and spray with some Baker's Ease.
Preheat oven to 425
In a bowl, mix together with a fork:
1 cup all-purpose flour (White Lily)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbl sugar

Add:
2-3 tbl cold butter, cubed
Cut the butter in with your finger tips or 2 knives until it looks like cornmeal.

Beat well in a measuring cup:
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla

Add:
Enough milk to make 1/2 cup. (If your fruit is very juicy, reduce the liquid by 1 tbl or more.)

Combine to make a stiff dough and pat or spread it into your greased pan. (It doesn't matter what it looks like you're going to cover it with fruit.  Just get it more or less evenly spread.)

Top with:
4 cups sliced apples, peaches, or plums

Sprinkle with a mixture of:
1 cup white or brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbls melted butter.

Bake 25 minutes

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