Back in May, during the very early days of our blog, we already published a post called “Plenty of Plums”, including a recipe for a variation of the Austrian “Cake from Linz“. Well, it’s this time of the year again… and whilst the plums where from my mother’s garden last year, this year, I am myself the owner of two plum trees. We had a couple of rainy weekends early September and when we went into the garden on a sunny day 2 weeks ago, we realized that we had almost passed the time to harvest them. Quite a lot of them had already fallen off the trees and become victim of the snails and birds. But still, we went back inside with 3-4 kg of nice ripe plums a couple of hours later.
I still had to prepare dinner for guests as well as muffins for Lea’s birthday on the next day. But the plums were so ripe, that I could not keep them another day. So I decided to improvise (…not compromise…) and used a ready-made dough from the freezer to make a spontaneous plum pie. And the rest of the plums got processed to marmalade… recipe to follow.
I simply put the sweet, ripe plum on top of the dough, seasoned with sugar and cinnamon – and had a great dessert for our dinner that evening. Very simple, but heavenly when served warm with some vanilla ice cream. If you have the time, I’d still recommend a home-made short pastry… but sometimes cheating is allowed, right?
- 1 kg of plums
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
- 100 g sugar
- 200 g cold butter
- 300 g flour
- 1 pinch of salt
- Cut the cold butter into small pieces. Put in a bowl with the sugar, a pinch of salt and the flour and knead quickly with your hands until all ingredients are well mixed. Form a smooth ball, wrap it in foil and let it rest in the fridge for at least 1h.
- In the meantime, cut the plums in halves and remove the stone.
- Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
- Roll the dough out to a round thin circle and place into a buttered pie form. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top.
- Place the plum halves on the dough with the skin facing downwards. They should overlap slightly.
- Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over the plums.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.