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Plum upside-down cake
dessert recipes | serves 10
1. Start with the topping. Grease a 23cm-diameter round cake tin, then melt the butter in a pan. Stir in the sugar until the mixture is foamy and pale, about 2–3 minutes. (If it starts to separate, take it off the heat and keep stirring.) Pour into the cake tin and spread evenly. Arrange the plum slices in concentric circles over the topping, then put to one side.
2. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in a quarter of the eggs at a time, mixing thoroughly between each addition. Stir in the ground almonds, baking powder, salt and vanilla extract. Fold in the flour, then stir through the chopped/bashed almonds.
3. Pour the cake mixture over the plums. Place the cake tin on a baking tray and bake for about 1 hour or until golden and a skewer comes out clean. 4 Rest the cake on a wire rack for 2 minutes before sliding a knife around the edge to loosen it. Place your serving plate over the top of the cake and carefully invert onto the plate, avoiding any juices that may escape. Gently remove the tin and replace any dislodged pieces of fruit. Serve with custard, crème fraîche or ice cream.
Recipe Andy Harris
Photo David Loftus
from Issue 13
ingredients• 225g butter
• 225g caster sugar
• 4 eggs beaten with 3 tbsp milk
• 100g ground almonds
• 1 tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp salt
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 150g plain flour
• 50g unblanched almonds, chopped or bashed in a pestle and mortar
• 125g butter, plus extra for greasing
• 150g light brown soft sugar
• 600g plums or greengages, stoned, halved and cut into 1cm slices