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Polish Fresh Plum Cake--Placek Z Sliwkami

Polish Fresh Plum Cake--Placek Z Sliwkami created by The_Swedish_Chef

There's a thimble-sized Farmer's Market in our neighborhood and one August visit, I bought a fresh plum cake. I thought nothing of it except "Well, now I have dessert for tonight." Little did I know what an adventure it would turn into! The wrapping from the bakery was tossed and unobtainable after my family went insane for this cake! Beyond moist, a perfect blend of tart and sweet, I spent days trying to locate a similar recipe with no luck; every "plum cake" that I found had either plum baby food or some crumb or streusal topping. I finally located the bakery through the Farmer's Market and found out the name of the cake. It's a Polish delicacy and MUST be made with fresh plums, in season fruit.

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  • Lightly coat a 13"x9" pan with cooking spray. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and 3/4 cup sugar. Add 1/2 cup softened butter, milk and eggs. Beat at medium speed 4 minutes.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan. Place plums on top, cut side up, pushing down slightly into batter.
  • Cut remaining 1/4 cup sugar and cloves into 3 tablespoons cold butter and sprinkle over plums. Bake about 40 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan so the plum juices will be reabsorbed to create a moist cake. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired, and cut into 12 squares.
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"There's a thimble-sized Farmer's Market in our neighborhood and one August visit, I bought a fresh plum cake. I thought nothing of it except "Well, now I have dessert for tonight." Little did I know what an adventure it would turn into! The wrapping from the bakery was tossed and unobtainable after my family went insane for this cake! Beyond moist, a perfect blend of tart and sweet, I spent days trying to locate a similar recipe with no luck; every "plum cake" that I found had either plum baby food or some crumb or streusal topping. I finally located the bakery through the Farmer's Market and found out the name of the cake. It's a Polish delicacy and MUST be made with fresh plums, in season fruit."
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  1. Christine S.
    Similar to my Polish mom's placek. Next time I'd leave out the cloves. I used 5 plums cut into thick slices instead of halved plums. 40 plums seems excessive.
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  2. Christine S.
    Used thick slices of plums instead of cutting plums in half.
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  3. The_Swedish_Chef
    Polish Fresh Plum Cake--Placek Z Sliwkami Created by The_Swedish_Chef
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  4. The_Swedish_Chef
    There's a thimble-sized Farmer's Market in our neighborhood and one August visit, I bought a fresh plum cake. I thought nothing of it except "Well, now I have dessert for tonight." Little did I know what an adventure it would turn into! The wrapping from the bakery was tossed and unobtainable after my family went insane for this cake! Beyond moist, a perfect blend of tart and sweet, I spent days trying to locate a similar recipe with no luck; every "plum cake" that I found had either plum baby food or some crumb or streusal topping. I finally located the bakery through the Farmer's Market and found out the name of the cake. It's a Polish delicacy and MUST be made with fresh plums, in season fruit.
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