My Polish Plum cake - perfect for snowy days and homesickness
Well we're here! The Limousin region of France if you were wondering. A long, stressful, cramped journey with 2 cats and a camper van to our new abode in rural France. A dream that has become a reality. And what a shock it is! Leaving friends and family, full time paid employment, and a daily routine we understood....also the reason I have been away from the blog for so long.
We are working hard everyday, and sometimes it feels like wading through red tape in a big vat of treacle...while wearing wellies that keep falling off. But we have faith and know we will get there in the end (wherever there may be). Or understand that where we are is fine too. That we can enjoy the moments and laugh at ourselves sometimes, and appreciate what we have: the opportunity and chance to follow our dreams.
This is the first cake I have been inspired to bake in our new house. I was looking for a taste of home, and memories of my Babcia's baking. A simple cake with a few ingredients. To make our house smell like home...I hope you enjoy. Do let me know how you get on and what your favourite taste of home is?
2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter - at room temperature
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon/orange
pinch of salt
about 12 plums - halved and de-stoned
1/3 cup icing sugar
- preheat your oven to a moderate heat - about 175C.
- grease and line a baking tin - I used a 20x30cm size.
- sieve the flour into a large bowl, then add all the other ingredients and mix for 3-4 minutes with an electric whisk.
- pour half the batter into your tin then add the halved plums in a single layer before adding the rest of the batter on top
- Bake for about 35-40 minutes - or until the cake is well risen and a skewer comes out clean.
- remove from the tin after 10-15 minutes and leave to cool on a rack before sprinkling with icing sugar.
- Enjoy a nice big slice with a cup of tea - mine's an Earl Grey.