Almond-Plum Coffee Cake

Makes 8 servings
Prep 20 minutes
Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 1 hour


Almond-Plum Coffee CakeUse a springform pan so that this pretty-as-a-picture cake can be removed easily for display!


1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup blanched whole almonds
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into
   8 pieces, at room temperature
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon grated orange rind

5 to 6 large plums (1-1/4 pounds),
   pitted and cut into eighths (3 cups)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
Confectioners' sugar for dusting (optional)


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan.

2. Whisk together flour; baking powder and salt in a medium-size bowl.

3. Place sugar and almonds in a food processor. Whirl until finely ground. Add butter to processor. Whirl to combine. Add eggs and vanilla; whirl to combine.

4. Add milk to mixture in processor; whirl until blended. Add flour mixture; whirl until well blended and smooth. Add orange rind; whirl to blend. Scrape batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly.

5. Assemble topping: Arrange plum slices on batter; overlapping in a decorative pattern. Sprinkle granulated sugar over plums. Dot with butter.

6. Bake in heated 350 degree oven about 1 hour or until top is lightly browned and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Cool in pan on a wire rack; remove sides of pan before serving.

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Family Circle Best-Ever Cakes & Cookies
Plus Pies, Tarts, and Other Desserts

Compiled by the Editors of Family Circle
Broadway Books, October 2001
Hardback, $24.95
288 pages with 28 full-color photographs
ISBN: 0-7679-0612-8
Recipe reprinted by permission.


Family Circle Best-Ever Cakes & Cookies



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