Next door we have a neighbor that is, my guess in her 80’s and she doesn’t speak any English. Well, the other day I came home from work, and she started to yell at me, screaming hey, hey across the street. Oh man, I was thinking, so I went over there and smiled. She pointed her finger at me and said wait in a grunt tone. Uh, oh…. So I waited on her door step, as she waddled away. I was kind of nervous, hoping I didn’t do anything to make her mad or worse yet, my dogs! Then she returned and handed me a HUGE basket of plums, and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I smiled and said thank you and went home. How sweet is that? She really sounded like she was mad, but I guess it was her way of getting attention. It’s so hard when you have no idea what someone is saying and you try so hard to understand and I am sure that is just as irritating to them. But now I have a bazillion plums, that were going to go bad, and fast!! My guess is she gave me about 35-40 plums.
I was thinking of recipes to come up with that didn’t take up to much time, since I have been short on time lately. So I decided to whip up a batch of Plum Snack Cake. I based this recipe,with a few modifications from my blueberry coffee cake and cherry coffee cake. Since my Husband is a big plum lover, and honestly I’m not, I thought I would make the cake that he loves so much.
The Plum Snack Cake turned out fantastic! They are light, fluffy and quite tangy from the plums. Plus the plums, really made this cake kind of juicy, which makes for nice moisture in the cake. I am really loving how fat and fluffy they are!! Mmm, mmmm, mmmm! I kind of have a thing for fat, fluffy pieces and I don’t have to worry about my tummy getting all fat and fluffy because these are guilt-free!
I wanted to also let you know that the Snack Cake is not a very sweet compared to most cake, but it makes for a nice breakfast or afternoon snack bar. However, I highly recommend having a taste of your plums prior to making this dish. If your plums are more tart, then sweet, I would add a tad more sugar then what the recipe calls for. I’m a tart and tangy kind of person and my Husband loves tart plums so I left the sugar amount as is. But you may want to add maybe some more turbinado sugar on top? I used my NuNaturals Presweet Tagatose for sugar and whole wheat pastry flour for the bars. I try to go healthy wherever I can. The recipe makes for 12 nice size bars, that come in at only 113 calories.
Since I have made similar cakes before, I wanted to let you know that they freeze really well! Just cut your bars into pieces and place in a freezer safe container with parchment between them. However between you and I, I cut the bars and place in a freezer safe bag. But I do like to tell you the proper way to freeze them. 🙂
- 11/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted) or canola oil
- 2½ tbsp butter or margarine (I used Brummel and Brown)
- ⅓ cup sugar (I used ½ cup NuNaturals Presweet Tagatose)
- ¼ cup egg substitute or 1 egg
- ½ tsp almond extract
- ½ cup non-fat milk or coconut milk
- 1 cup plums, seeded, cut into sliced
- 1 tbsp. Turbinado sugar (Sugar in the raw)
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set a side.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the coconut oil, butter and sugar. Beat in the almond extract and egg until blended.
- Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk, beating after each addition until just combined.
- Spread the batter in the bottom of the baking dish. Lay 1 cup plums on the batter with skin side down and sprinkle with turbinando sugar.
- Bake the cake for 20-23 minutes or until it is golden brown.
Calories per slice using Sugar: 122, Fat: 4, Cholesterol: .02, Sodium: 170, Potassium: 45, Carbs: 20, Fiber: 2.2, Sugar: 8.4, Protein: 3
Now time to think of other plum recipes! I think I have like 15 plums left. Hmmmm, what to do with extra plums? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am just not a plum person, so I kind of go blank thinking of recipes.
Well my Friends, have a wonderful day!