I found these adorable little plums at Trader Joe's called Sugar Plums. They are about the size of, well, a small plum. I dutifully read the other baker's notes and proceeded to screw up anyway.
The batter came together easily. Because my plums were so small and cute, I was able to use the eight that were called for. I gently and carefully laid them in the pan. I baked it for exactly 40 minutes. My kitchen smelled fabulous! I tested it with a cake tester and a knife. I put it on the cooling rack for exactly 15 minutes. That's when I noticed that the center was a little sunken in. Ok, maybe more than a little. I decided to flip it out of the pan anyway.
Totally fell apart. Totally. And see, I had been warned. A few people mentioned that it didn't always hold together around the plums. In this exact state, I threw it back in the oven. It baked a little longer, or maybe it just dried out a little. Regardless, it was really really tasty. This is absolutely a recipe that I would make again. I'm very glad I bought the cardamom. It added a wonderful flavor dimension.
I think that the next time I make this, I'll use cut up apples. Although the plum flavor was nice, the large pieces make it a little dangerous. Plus, the skin on the plums added a little odd taste.
Doesn't this view make it look like an alien?
Don't look for Creme Brulee here next week. Mari of Mevrouw Cupcake has chosen a perfectly wonderful recipe. However, we're out of town this weekend (Homecoming! Go Hawkeyes!), and Rosh Hashana starts Monday evening. I'll be happy to show you my homemade chicken soup, kreplach, and apple cake. Plus I'll be baking for the tailgate and Cpt. Daleske. Yes! I'm full of excuses! Regardless, I'll be back with Dorie in October.