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Our favourite plum cakes, bakes and puddings

by Malou Herkes

published on 14 September 2018

Plums are at their best throughout summer and autumn, but what to do with a seasonal glut? Cooked into bakes and cakes, plums develop a deep, intense flavour and are right at home with strong spices, like star anise, cinnamon, cardamom and even black pepper. Balance out plum-based desserts with ice cream or custard, or poach them and serve on top of creamy rice pudding. Here are our favourite sweet plum recipes to help you celebrate plum season.

Faiza Hayani Bellili’s Caramelised Plum Upside-Down Cake

Faiza Hayani Bellili’s Caramelised Plum Upside-Down Cake

by The Hubb Community Kitchen

Faiza Hayani Bellili’s caramelised plum upside-down cake from Together showcases tart plums alongside dark, smoky caramel and sweet, soft sponge. 

Louise Cake with Plum and Coconut

Louise Cake with Plum and Coconut

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Helen Goh
from Sweet

Pillowy meringue sits atop a coconut base and jammy plums in this spectacular Louise cake with plum and coconut from SWEET. Serve at afternoon tea or for dessert.  

From the book

Yotam Ottolenghi, Helen Goh

Plum and Bay Custard Tart

Plum and Bay Custard Tart

by Abel & Cole

In this tart recipe from Abel & Cole: How To Eat Brilliantly Every Day, the custard is infused with bay leaves to produce an aromatic and unexpected flavour, which marries perfectly with the sweet and juicy plums.

Plum Cake

Plum Cake

by Mari Mererid Williams

You only need a frying pan to make this simple cake e from One Pan. 100 Brilliant Meals. Flavoured with orange, cinnamon and ginger, this is a warming and deeply autumnal cake. 

Plum, Blackberry and Bay Friand Bake

Plum, Blackberry and Bay Friand Bake

from Simple

This plum, blackberry and bay friand bake from the best-selling cookbook, SIMPLE, is a flavoursome alternative to crumble and also happens to be super straight-forward to make.

Quinoa, Plum and Cardamom Frangipane Pudding

Quinoa, Plum and Cardamom Frangipane Pudding

by Alex Hely-Hutchinson

For an easy, throw-it-all-in traybake dessert, try this frangipane pudding with quinoa, plum and cardamom from 26 Grains. Earthy quinoa pairs wonderfully the with sweet plums and the fragrant flavours of cardamom and almond.

Plum Bread in a Hurry

Plum Bread in a Hurry

A rich, yeast-based loaf from Bake Me a Cake as Fast as you Can, this plum bread is made with prunes that are soaked in apple juice to revive their plumminess. This is a speedy loaf cake that is best eaten warm with plenty of butter.

Plum Tarte Tatin

Plum Tarte Tatin

Using only five ingredients, Jamie Oliver’s tarte tatin lets seasonal plums sing. Combining plums with cinnamon, maple syrup, puff pastry, vanilla ice cream, this makes for an elegant dinner party dessert. It takes just under 30 minutes to make, and it won’t break the bank either.

Free-from Hazelnut, Plum & Cinnamon Tart (gluten-free)

Free-from Hazelnut, Plum & Cinnamon Tart (gluten-free)

by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

This hazelnut, plum & cinnamon tart from Genius Gluten-Free Cookbook puts plums centre stage, and is the ideal dessert if you’re avoiding gluten.

Plumble

Plumble

by Tristan Hogg

What better way to celebrate juicy plums than with plumble? This autumnal crumble from Pieminster: A Pie For All Seasons, pairs plums with mulled wine spices, and is served up in individual cups. 

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