These plums are off a friends tree, we have two plum trees that give us a total of one plum between them. Every year I threaten the trees.......but I never follow through, I live in hope that next year will be the year that I too, can make plum jam.
Here is my favourite Plum cake recipe, it's the only recipe I've found that the plums don't sink to the bottom, I think it has something to do with the layer of almond meal beween the batter and plums. The recipe is in Stephanie Alexander's book:
275g softened butter
200g plain flour
200g SR flour
pinch of salt
1cup ground almonds
20 ripe blood plums halved
2 teas cinnamon
preheat oven to 180c and grease a 28cm springform tin. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in eggs, then fold the flours and milk in by hand. ( mixture should drop easily from the spoon) spoon batter into tin, it should be no more than a quarter full as it rises a great deal. the sprinkle over almonds. Arrange plums cut side up. To make the topping, melt butter and stir insugar and cinnamon cool. whisk eggs well and stir in butter mixture. spoon over plums. bake for and hour or until cooked. Delicious!.
I made this sweet mermaid top for a girlfriends child, the pattern is from Ottobre and the fabric from sewannes in the U.S. (when the dollar was good) and I hear from her Mama that she didn't take it off for three days.
Look at this beautiful ribbon, thanks Julianne for the link to fabenmix. Can you see little red riding hood? and look at those cute hedgehogs and those toadstools. Oh my....