When I bought my house, I inherited portions of a 50 year-old orchard that once covered the vast hillside where our urban neighborhood now sits. Pears, apples, grapes. plums, and of course, blackberries grace my kitchen every summer. This year our plum crop is BIG. What to do? Well, my sis tells me to freeze ’em and worry about what to do later! So after washing, pitting and halving and freezing a large bucket full, I’ve begun the creative part of the project.
First, I’m dehydrating some in my new Bosch oven. The special dehydrate setting provides steady 140 degree heat with true convection for 24 hours. I simply put the halved plums on a small barbecue rack, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and popped them in. It took only about 8 hours to finish them, and I’m having fun finding different uses for them. which I’ll share later.
Next, I’ve got a sumptuous autumn cake that really makes plums shine! It is, of course, no fat and no animal, as are all my recipes. I really think it is the kind of cake you could serve to any kind of eater and they would be most appreciative. You’ll need a 9 ” non-stick cake pan, and a healthy appetite. I served mine with a light cinnamon cream and it got the gone-in-minutes award of the week in my house.
No fat Vegan Plum Upside Down Cake
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
7 to 8 medium plums, washed, pitted, halved
1 C flour
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 TBSP. flax meal (ground flax-seed)
1 – 4 oz. container Motts peach apple medley (or 4 oz. applesauce)
1/2 C vanilla soy milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
zest of 1 lemon
3 TBSP vanilla soy milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together well and spread into the bottom of your cake pan. Place your plums on top of the sugar, skin side down, forming a nice pattern. Depending on the size of your plums, you may need more or fewer halves to cover the bottom of the pan. Place the pan in the oven for 5 minutes or until the sugar melts. Remove pan from oven and prepare batter.
Mix the remaining ingredients together in a bowl and stir just until well mixed. Pour the batter gently over the plums and return the pan to the oven. Bake 30-40 minutes until a knife or toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let sit for 2 minutes. Invert cake onto a large platter. Spoon any extra syrup over the top of the cake and enjoy it warm with cinnamon cream (below).
1/2 of a 1 lb. package of silken tofu (8 oz.)
1/4 C maple syrup
1 pinch salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Process for 1 – 2 minutes in food processor and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.