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Plummy Skillet Cake

Golden plummy goodness

Have a lot of juicy plums that need a place to go?

Eating fresh plums in the sunshine with the juice dripping down your chin is like sipping nectar in paradise.

How about this tasty, light cake baked in a skillet?  A cast-iron skillet is perfect for this cake, but you can use any oven-proof skillet or baking dish if you don’t have one.  If you are skilled in campfire or Dutch-oven cooking, take this recipe with you when you camp.  As an interesting change of seasonings, use the Chinese Five-Spice powder that has  been hanging out in your spice pantry since the last time you made stir-fry.

Chinese Five-Spice powder and plums are a great combination

If you don’t have any, use freshly-grated nutmeg or ground cinnamon.

Plummy Skillet Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 6
Dessert in a cast-iron skillet can be cooked over a campfire instead of your oven. No cast iron? Use an oven-proof skillet or baking dish. You can use other stone fruit instead of plums with just as good a result.
  • 6 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature, plus extra for skillet
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus some for skillet
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice powder
  • 1¼ cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 4 medium plums, thinly sliced and halved
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Butter a 10-inch cast-iron skillet (or ovenproof skillet or dish).
  3. Dust skillet with extra flour and tap out any loose flour
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, Chinese Five-Spice powder and salt.
  5. In large bowl, or in a mixer bowl, combine 1¼ cups sugar and butter until creamy.
  6. Beat in eggs until smooth.
  7. Add a third of the flour mixture with a third of the buttermilk, until all is combined. Don't overbeat.
  8. Pour batter into prepared skillet and smooth top.
  9. Spread sliced and halved plums all over the top.
  10. Sprinkle with extra sugar.
  11. Bake 35 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out cleanly.
  12. Cool for about ten minutes before cutting.

Bake until golden brown

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