Plum Torte-Smitten Kitchen

Marian Burros’s plum torte is a cult classic in which a mass of plums are coated with cinnamon sugar and baked into a pancake-like batter, where they melt into pie-like pockets and you definitely don’t want to miss it. It’s the perfect September baked good. This is ideal with blueish/purple Italian prune plums, but if you can’t find them, other plums will do. The internet is full of riffs on the cake, like cutting the sugar back to 3/4 cup (feel free to, although I didn’t find the 1 cup too sweet at all), with or without lemon juice, ranges of cinnamon (1 teaspoon is the original amount; 1 tablespoon was a typo that’s not bad at all, but I usually use the smaller amount). I’m not immune, either: I sometimes start by browning the butter and letting it cool to room temp before whisking the batter together by hand. In 2023, I’ve made a few minor updates: Sharing how I one-bowl the cake,and bumping up the salt (previously: a large pinch).

2024 Plum Torte Updates

  • 1 cup (200 grams) plus 1 to 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (use less for sweeter plums)
  • 1/2 cup (115 grams or 8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking powder (ideally aluminum-free)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 smallish purple Italian purple plums, halved and pitted
  • 2 teaspoons (10 grams) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch springform [I have this one] with butter or nonstick spray. For even easier removal, line the bottom with a round of parchment paper. 

In a large bowl, beat butter and 1 cup (200 grams) of the sugar together with an electric mixer until fluffy and lighter in color. Add the eggs, one at a time and scraping down the bowl. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt over batter and mix it until just combined. 

Spoon batter into prepared cake pan and smooth the top. Arrange the plum tightly in the pan, skin side up, all over the batter, covering it. Sprinkle the top with lemon juice, then cinnamon, then remaining sugar.

Bake until cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into a center part of the cake comes out free of batter (but of course not plum juice), about 45 to 50 minutes. Cool on rack.

Once cool, if you can stand it, and I highly recommend trying, leave it at room temperature overnight as this cake is even better on the second day, when those plum juices further release into the cake around it, becoming not just “cake with plum,” but cakeplumughyum (official terminology, there). If planning more than 2 to 3 days out, I’ll store the cake in the fridge for longevity.

blueberry buckle from yankee

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups wild Maine blueberries

Preheat oven to 375° and butter a 9×9-inch baking pan. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as necessary. Add the egg and combine.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk, until well combined. Add the blueberries and fold a few times with a rubber spatula until just combined. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. 

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Add the butter and combine until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the top of the batter.

Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. 

Instant Pot Masala Chai from twosleevers.com

    • 2-3 teabags
    • 1.5 cups water
    • 1/2 cup milk or non-dairy substitute
    • 2 teaspoons sugar adjust to taste
    • 2 whole cloves
      3-4 sticks cinnamon

      1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
      4 green cardamom pods
      4 thin slices ginger
      Place all ingredients In a heat safe container, preferably one with a spout to ease pouring.

Cover the container with foilIn the inner liner of your Instant Pot, place two cups of water, and a trivet. Place the foil-covered pot on the trivet.Cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes, and allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. Release remaining pressure.Strain into two cups and serve.

Simple Peach Cobbler Dump Cake from theslowroasteditalian.com


1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 ½ cups granulated sugar (divided)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 (29 ounce) can sliced peaches in juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Butter a 9×13 baking dish (or 2-8×8 baking dishes). Set aside.

Place butter in a medium size microwave safe mixing bowl.  Heat butter in microwave until melted.  Add 1 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and whisk to combine.  Add milk and vanilla, whisk until combined.  Pour batter into prepared baking dish.

Spoon peaches over top of batter, placing them evening around the pan.  Reserve the juice from the can.

Add 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the juice.  Whisk to combine.  Pour juice over peaches.

Bake 55-60 minutes until golden brown.  Serve with a scoop of ice cream on top if desired. Enjoy!  serves 12

Blueberry Breakfast Bake from 12tomatoes.com

  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, optional, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter or nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, and mix together.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, oil, butter, egg and vanilla extract until combined.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined, then fold in blueberries and almonds, if using.
  5. Transfer mixture to greased baking dish and place in oven.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until oats are tender and cooked through.
  7. Serve warm, sprinkled with more almonds, and enjoy!

 

Sugar Cream Pie from 12tomatoes.com/

  • 1 pie shell, store-bought or homemade
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Preheat oven to 350º F and place pie dough in a standard pie dish.
  • Combine sugar, flour, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl and whisk together.
  • Pour in heavy cream and mix together until fully blended and incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together half-and-half, egg yolks and vanilla extract, then gently stir egg yolk mixture into heavy cream mixture.
  • Pour pie filling into pie crust, then crimp the edges of the pie dough and brush with melted butter.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon across the top of pie, then place in oven.
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until center is just set, but still jiggles slightly when shaken. (After about 1 hour, pie filling will boil. Allow to bubble for 10 minutes then remove from oven.)
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

 

Shawarma sauce from NY Times

2 lemons, juiced
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
6 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed and minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
½ teaspoon turmeric
A pinch ground cinnamon
Red pepper flakes, to taste
1 large red onion, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Prepare a marinade. Combine the lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon and red pepper flakes in a large bowl, then whisk to combine. Add the chicken and toss well to coat. Cover and store in refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 12 hours.

Scatter the parsley over the top and serve with tomatoes, cucumbers, pita, white sauce, hot sauce, olives, fried eggplant, feta, rice — really anything you desire.

Peach Cobbler

  • 8 fresh peaches (peeled, pitted, and sliced into chunks)
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Bake the cobbler for about 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden.
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Peel the peaches with a knife or peeler, or drop the peaches one-by-one in boiling water for about a minute. Then, take each one out and put it into a bowl of ice water for about a minute. The skins should slide off pretty easily if the peaches are ripe.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the first list of ingredients (peaches, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, cornstarch). Toss everything together so the peaches are coated evenly, then put the mixture into a greased two-quart (8×8) baking dish and bake in the oven for ten minutes.
  4. In another large bowl, combine some of the ingredients from the second list– flour, white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use your fingertips to blend the butter into the mixture, or use a pastry blender ñ until the mixture looks like coarse meal. Then, stir in the water until just combined.
  5. Take the peaches out of the oven and drop spoonfuls of the topping over them. Sprinkle the entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon.
  6. Bake the cobbler for about 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden. Enjoy!

 

apple crisp from Anna Thomas

  • download2 pounds tart green apples, peeled and sliced
  • thinly(about 5 to 51/2 cups sliced)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter

Peel the apples and slice them thinly. Put them in a rather shallow 1-quart casserole and sprinkle them with the water. Put them aside while you prepare the crust.

Sift together the dry ingredients and cut in the butter until all is well combined. Sprinkle this mixture thickly and evenly over the apples. Don’t mix the two together.

Cover the casserole and bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour, then uncover and bake another 1/2 hour. The crust will be crisp on top, and will have partly seeped down through the apples,
flavoring them and binding them slightly together.

Serve hot or cold.

Farro salad with pan roasted carrots from the chew

  • 1/2 pound carrots (peeled, cut into 2-inch pieces on a bias)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 cups water or stock
  • 1 cup farro
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

SHERRY VINAIGRETTE:

  • 4 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

TO ASSEMBLE:

  • 1/2 cup pistachios (toasted, roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 cup parsley (roughly chopped)
  • 2/3 cup feta (crumbled)
  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • In a large bowl, add the carrots and drizzle with the olive oil. Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, chipotle powder, and ginger, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Spread the carrots on a baking sheet and place in the oven until golden and cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the water and farro and bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook until tender but chewy, about 10 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid and set aside to cool.
  • For the Sherry Vinaigrette: In a mason jar, add the sherry vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, and olive oil and shake to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • To Assemble: To a large bowl, add the farro, carrots, pistachios, parsley and feta. Drizzle with sherry vinaigrette and toss to combine.
  • Tip: To toast the nuts, place them in a dry saute pan over low heat and toast until golden and aromatic, about 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.