Many of you requested me to post Christmas special food here, but I am a person who has neither celebrated it at my home nor did I meet anyone who has celebrated it. Christmas to me was always confined to the beautiful arrangements made in every corner of my native town. When I went to do my bachelors, all my cooking was confined to easy-to-do mix and match food, so no special christmas food there. Then while working in Bangalore, I used to be so tired after coming home from work that, I never celebrated any festivals â€“ not even the festivals I was used to. It is after coming to US, through all other food blogs and through the celebrations going around, I have started to take interest in western festival food. But unfortunately, with so many things going on in my life at this moment, I cannot spend any time to read and understand about it. I am sure I will do it by next year’s Christmas.
One of you asked me for the recipe of plum cake. I got few recipes online or in library, but could not try them yet and I don’t post anything here unless I try it myself. When I was searching for it sometime back, I got this plum-streusel cake recipe. I changed it so that I could make this cake with whatever ingredients I had at home. This cake is not very sweet and the streusel gives it a crunchy topping.
Â¾ cup sugar (I used pure cane sugar)
3 tbl spn all purpose flour or maida
2 tea spn cinnamon powder
Â¼ tea spn salt
2 tbl spn softened butter
Â½ cup chopped walnuts
8 halved and pitted pulms
Â¼ cup sugar(for coating plums)
1 tea spn baking powder
1 cup all purpose flour or maida
Â¾ cup sugar
3 tbl spn softened butter
Â½ cup milk
Mix all the ingredients of streusel to get a consistency shown below.
Mix Â¼ cup sugar with plums till they are well coated with sugar.
Blend sugar and butter. When it is well mixed, add egg and blend again. Now add milk and mix well. Mix sifted all purpose flour or maida, baking powder slowly by mixing continuously.
Grease a oven proof baking pan. (I used medium loaf pan for this). Spread half of the cake batter in the pan.
Spread half the streusel on it.
Spread 8 plum halves on top.
Spread remaining cake batter on top.
Spread remaining streusel and then plums.
Bake in the middle rack of the preheated oven(300F) for 30-40mins or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Wrap remaining cake with a silver foil before refrigerating them.
Makes 8 big pieces
Preparation time : 1hr.
Lesson learnt: The plum halves are bit hard to cut after baking. So chop them finely or make slices lengthwise and use.