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Plum and Chocolate Cakes

Plum and Chocolate Cakes | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

I can’t say there’s a lot of baking done those days. Might be the constant warm weather or maybe the erratic oven I have that deter me from one of my favourite pastime…
Lately, I spent my time preparing editorial photo shoots and meeting lovely people along the way. So in the kitchen, it stays simple.

After putting my hands on some Whittaker’s chocolate though, the idea of making a chocolate cake was quick to follow. It’s ages we didn’t have any chocolate cake, I said to Paprika.
So here they are, baked in muffin tins, these plum and chocolate cakes are a free interpretation of the recipe in Béa’s cookbook. Plum and chocolate is a lovely combination and useless to say the cakes disappeared quickly.

Plum and Chocolate Cakes | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Plum and Chocolate Cakes (makes 10-12)

100 gr almond meal
30 gr wholemeal flour (or amaranth flour for a gluten-free cake, as in the original recipe)
2 eggs
3 small plums, pitted and sliced
70 gr sugar
75 gr chocolate
5 tbsp olive oil (or 90 gr unsalted butter, as in original recipe)
1 pinch salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp fruit brandy

Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF).
Melt the chocolate with olive oil in a bain-marie and set aside. In a bowl, combine the almond meal, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
With a hand-held mixer whip eggs and sugar until the batter is light and pale in colour. Stir in the fruit brandy, then the melted chocolate and the flour mixture, until just combined. Pour the cake batter into muffin moulds lined with paper liner and arrange the slices of plums on top. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the blade of a knife inserted in the middle comes out dry. Remove from the oven, lightly brush plum slices with honey and let cool before removing from moulds.




Plums | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

I’m all inspired by the goodness of food I have in my kitchen lately. From that beautiful and tasty garlic to sweet plums and green almonds, I feel spoilt.
Of course, I could not resist making a tart with some of the plums. Classic. The quintessence of summer.

The cute sugar plums are new to me. I like their shape, size and colours. I’ve prepared a part of them in a simple dessert, with yogurt, honey and fresh almonds. A treat on a balmy day.

Plum Tart | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Roasted Plums | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

Roasted Sugar Plum with Yogurt Honey and Fresh Almonds (for 4)

6 sugar plums, halved and stone removed
1 tbsp sugar
4 tsp honey
8 heaped tbsp yogurt
Dozen fresh almonds, cracked open and finely sliced (or lightly toasted almond flakes)

In a small plate spread sugar and stamp the cut side of each plum with sugar to coat. Place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Grill (broil) the plums for a couple of minutes or until the sugar starts to bubble and caramelise. Remove from oven and let them cool for 5 minutes. Scoop yogurt into glasses/ramekins, top with plums, drizzle with honey and sprinkle almond.

Roasted Plum Yogurt and Green Almonds | At Down Under | Viviane Perenyi

I also want to thank you for your kind words on the previous post. It means a lot to me. Merci.



Greengage rough puff tart

Yesterday, I realised I missed the date to participate to Eat Drink Blog 2010
I was completely mistaken: I kept in mind the exhibition date instead of the deadline 😦 …

Anyway, I encourage you to go and have a look at all the pretty cool pictures taken by Aussie and Kiwi food bloggers ! No doubt judges will have a hard time to choose…

greengage and plum jam

As a way to forget all about my silliness, I tried to find solace and baked a little tart…
A tart again, I know… But I’ve bookmarked in the recipe book Turquoise the yogurt pastry described as a “wonderful pastry” and “perfect for making all kinds of open tarts“.
These flaterring words were enough to make me want to try this variation of rough-puff pastry.

Plum jam and greengage tart

The result was as good as described and sweet greengages and homemade plum jam moisten perfectly this flaky pastry.
In addition, the dough is really soft and pliable and allows any kind of fancy shaping…

Greengage tart

Greengage Tart with Plum Jam and Yogurt Pastry

Yogurt pastry (recipe adapted from Turquoise) makes 300g dough
Please not, unless the egg, proportions have been halved here.
I used plain flour instead of self-raising one, did make more turns and did not brush with butter the dough for each fold as mentioned.

50g thick natural yogurt (Greek yogurt for me)
80g melted unsalted butter
1/2 tbsp olive oil (hazelnut oil for me)
1 egg
110g sifted flour
Pinch of salt


Half dozen greengages, pitted and halved.
Plum jam.
Shredded macadamia nuts (optional)

With an electric mixer, combine yogurt, butter and oil. Then beat in the egg. Add flour and salt and beat at low speed for 5 minutes until soft and silky. Wrap the dough with cling wrap and refrigerate for one hour. On a lightly floured surface roll the pastry in a rectangular shape (40-50cm long). Fold in two sides of the rectangle to meet in the middle, then fold one side on the other. Turn 90° anti-clockwise and fold again two sides in the middle and then one side on the other. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then roll the pastry and repeat the folding step. After the third folding turn, preheat the oven to 210°C, remove the pastry from the fridge and roll out on a floured surface. Transfer the dough on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Prick the bottom of the tart. With a sharp knife make an incision in the dough, one cm around edges. Then spread plum jam, keeping the cm free all around. Place greengages on top and bake for 10 minutes at 210°C then lower to 180°C and bake for further 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack. Toss shredded macadamia on top.

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