So, last week at the farmers market, my favorite farmer had plums. I've never much cared for plums (I think I ate too many green ones in one sitting as a kid), but I love this guy, so bought a pint (or quart, or something). The SO has been chewing away on them. But, after reading Sir Gawain's post and reading a Marian Burros cookbook I checked out of the library with her plum torte recipe, I decided I needed to act.
So, last night I used Sir Gawain's recipe, with my farmer's market plums, and her plum variation, plus my own variation on her variation--I used cardmamom instead of cinnamon. I added a drop or two of lemon extract as well (on Sir Gawain's advice).
Wow. I really, really liked it. I'm totally rethinking the plum and its worth in my life. I'm trying to think of other opportunities to cook with plums. And, I'm trying to buy more fruit to make more of this cake. And I'm trying to think of how I can get more exercise, so all of this cake doesn't congeal around my middle.
It's a really yummy cake. I wholeheartedly recommend it. I think it would be great to serve to weekend guests for dessert on Saturday night, and then for breakfast the next morning with a cup of coffee. It's sweet enough, but not too sweet (SO disagreed, but he likes things so sweet that they make your teeth ache). Mmmm, I can't wait to go home and have another slice.
P.S. thanks for the post, sir gawain!