Last Updated on 15th September 2022 by Pauline Loughlin
Plums are a not-so-secret joy of late summer and early fall. Plums belong to the same family as peaches and apricots. They come in vibrant red, yellow, orange, green, and pink-purple colors.
There are more than two thousand varieties of plums in the world today. Besides being packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, plums also lower the inflammation responsible for heart attack and help to regulate blood sugar.
One of the best things about plums is how versatile they are. Both sweet and spicy plum recipes work well with them. Although plums are great in salads, pickles, and meats, they are commonly used in sweet recipes such as pies, cakes, tarts, and smoothies.
Here are some amazing recipes you can execute with fresh plums. Brown sugar, cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon are plums’ best friends. By baking these ingredients together once, you’ll feel like you’ll never need electric diffusers again.
If you found it difficult to reap maximum use out of plums and look for recipes that use fresh plums, you must read this.
Tips For Making Fresh Plum Recipe Great
Be sure to have all your ingredients at room temperature when preparing to bake a plum cake. Overmixing the batter will result in an unpleasant cake that is too dense and heavy to eat.
Invest in a candy thermometer to ace your plum jam game. Furthermore, it will come in handy while making a variety of other sweet treats. You can also make plum jam by adding lemon juice and lemon zest.
When working on a recipe that demands peeling the plum’s skin:
- Submerge the plums in water and bring the pot to a boil.
- Let them sit there for five to six minutes.
- Shift them into ice-cold water.
Chilled water eases the peeling process.
For cakes and jams, shop for plums that are firm and can be squeezed gently. If you want plums with a long shelf life, choose Japanese or Chinese plums.
Cake Recipes Using Fresh Plums
Without plum cake, Christmas wouldn’t be the same. During a Christmas eve feast, this staple dish fills the air with its strong scent. If you are looking for an alcohol-free recipe for plum cake, you have come to the right place.
This cake recipe yields 7 to 8 servings and is delicious. You can eat it with your evening coffee or as a quick snack. Let us look at this cake recipe using fresh plums—Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Whip butter and white sugar in a bowl until creamy with a blender.
Add eggs one after the other, and after each new addition, beat the mix well. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl and sprinkle over the butter mixture. Prepare a cake mold by brushing it with butter and adding the mixture.
Be sure to shake it well to ensure it’s even. Slice plums thinly and place them inside and on the batter. After the cake is baked, they will look so beautiful.
Now that everything is done—Bake for 40 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven on the lowest rack. For an even more beautiful cake, sprinkle some fine brown sugar. Voila! You are done. It’s time to eat your golden beauty. Serve warm or cool as per your preference.
Recipes Using Fresh Plums
We will now look at another recipe using fresh plums: the kids’ all-time favorite plum jam cookie recipe. Turn your oven on to 375 degrees F to get started. In a bowl, use an electric mixer to combine butter and brown sugar.
When the mixture becomes creamy, stop mixing. Now, introduce an egg and water into the mixture. Mix it again. Sieve some baking powder, all-purpose flour, and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
You must thoroughly combine the three dry ingredients before you can add the wet ingredients. Mix the dry and wet ingredients well. You are ready to roll your dough with your rolling pin. Scoop cookies from the dough using a cookie cutter.
Prepare a baking tray by lining it with butter paper. Lay the cookies on top of a baking sheet. You should place one teaspoon of homemade plum jam in the center of all cookies.
It’s time to put the baking tray in the oven. Bake for about ten minutes. Your homemade plum jam cookies are ready to eat. Store them in your favorite jar and enjoy them with your evening coffee!