Plum Almond Buckle

21 09 2010
I was at a back to school get together for my son’s class and one of the Mom’s made this really great Plum Almond Buckle. A buckle is simply a butter cake that bakes up around fresh fruit. It is very similar to a Betty. I think it comes out like a nice plum coffeecake. Anyway, I asked her to send me the recipe and she did. I thought it was delicious. The recipe calls for a lot of sugar. I have substituted a smaller amount of date or coconut sugar. She used plums off of her tree so I think any nice ripe plums would do. Thank you Lori for the recipe.
1/2 cup whole almonds
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour or you could do half whole wheat and half white flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup date sugar or coconut sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/4 pound plums, halved, pitted and cut into 1/2″ thick slices
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Spray 9″ diameter cake pan with nonstick spray.Line bottom of pan with parchment paper.

Finely grind almonds in processor. Transfer to medium bowl. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Using and electric mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Add sugar and beat until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and almond extract, then flour mixture just until blended. Do not overbeat batter.

Transfer batter to prepared pan. Spread evenly and smooth the top. Gently press plum slices, flesh side down, into batter in a spoke pattern around outer rim and center of cake, placing close together. Sprinkle top with cinnamon.

Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack 20 minutes. Run small knife between cake and pan sides to loosen. Invert cake onto platter; remove parchment paper. Place another platter atop cake and firmly invert cake onto top platter, plum side up. Cool cake completely. Nice served with whipped cream.


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