Pflaumenkuchen / Zwetschgendatschi: German Plum Cake
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Pflaumenkuchen / Zwetschgendatschi: German Plum Cake

One of my favorite German desserts and favorite ways to enjoy the plum and prune season! It's also called Zwetschgendatschi in some places in Germany. There are a lot of variations to Pflaumenkuchen, but here is maybe the simplest style - baking the plums or prunes on a sweet yeast dough, not toppings or other fillings.

This recipe makes a medium-sized manageable cake for about 6 people. If you can get your hands on the deep purple, almost blue oblong prunes, those work really well, but any type of plum will work for this.

I use a rectangular baking tray (About 8 x 11 in/22 x 28 cm) or pie/tart dish (8-9 inches). Anthing similar will work.y

Felice

Ingredients

4 servings
  1. **Dough**
  2. 120 ml milk (1/2 US cup)
  3. 1 tsp active dry yeast
  4. 4 Tbsp sugar
  5. 250 g flour (about 1 US cup)
  6. 30 g butter, softened (2 Tbsp)
  7. 1 pinch salt
  8. **Topping**
  9. 400-450 g Prunes or dark plums (about 1 lb)
  10. 2 Tbsp quick oats or breadcrumbs for dusting dough
  11. 1 tsp cinnamon
  12. 1 Tbsp sugar
  13. 1 baking tray (I used a 8 x 11 in/22 x 28 cm pan) or pie/tart dish (8-9 inches). Something similar will work.

Method

120 mins
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    In a bowl, mix the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.

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    Add milk and butter and mix until the dough can be formed into a ball. If it's too wet to handle, add a little more flour. If it's too dry and powdery, add a little bit of milk.

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    Dust a surface and your hands with flour. Knead the dough a couple minutes until the ball is smooth.

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    Cover and let sit in a warm place for about 60 minutes.

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    It should get almost double in size after 1 hour.

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    While waiting for dough, pit and quarter the prunes.

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    When dough is ready, preheat oven to 400°F/200°C and grease your baking pan/baking sheet with oil or butter. Roll out your dough into the pan (about 1 cm thick or so).

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    Sprinkle dough with breadcrumbs or oats (to help soak up extra juice from plums)

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    Layer the plums in to up right rows so it fills the entire dough sheet.

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    Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar.

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    Put pan into center rack. Turn temperature down to 350°F/180°C and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the dough is slightly browned and prunes are starting to turn golden.

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    Remove and let cool for a few minutes. Can be eat warm or room temperature. Serve plain or top with yogurt or whipped cream. Drizzle honey for an added touch of sweetness :)

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