Easy and delicious…
When it comes to cooking and baking, easy & delicious are two words that bring music to my ears. So when the NYT posted this, their most requested, recipe online last week I had to give it a try. I was NOT disappointed! This torte looks and tastes like something you’d see in a European bakery, but trust me when I tell you, it is as easy as…well…pie. 😉
ORIGINAL PLUM TORTE
(yes, you can use different fruit- I used what were most likely the last peaches of the summer from South Carolina.)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup unbleached flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- 24 pitted purple plums, cut in half. (Or 6 small peaches cut into wedges with skin on or 3 large baking apples with 1/2 cup raw cranberries to sprinkle on top.)
- Sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon if you like.
HEAT OVEN TO 350 degrees.
Cream sugar and butter. Add flour, baking powder, salt & eggs- beat well.
Spoon batter into springform pan. (I sprayed mine LIGHTLY with pam.)
In same bowl, toss fruit with some sugar and a squeeze of lemon.If the fruit is super juicy, add a bit of flour to coat the fruit as well. (Add a bit of cinnamon if using apples.)
Place fruit ON TOP of batter.- Bake for approx. one hour.
This cake was OUT OF THIS WORLD! Best served still warm for breakfast with coffee or after dinner with a small scoop of whipped cream. I am not at all convinced it would taste as good with apples, but I’ll give it a try at some point and report back to you!