The title of this blog sort of gives away the big "guess the secret ingredient" but hey, it'd be easy enough to figure out. So, onward ho with the plums...
For my first plum-filled recipe... I opted for a nice Plum Cornmeal Cake. I love, love, love cornmeal. Corndogs are amazing (10x better than regular ol' hot dogs), corn bread is to-die-for and cornmeal pancakes are just plain yum... so this recipe jumped at me and I simply had to whip this up for dessert. The cornmeal makes this cake a little more dense than a simple plum buckle, and also adds a lovely "grittiness" to complement the mushy plum chunks.
4 plums, diced and tossed with 3 tbsp of sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 + 1/8 cup flour
1/8 cup rolled oats
Pinch of ground cloves
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1. Divide the diced plums between two buttered ramekins
2. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, flour, oats, cloves and butter; mix well.
3. Sprinkle flour mixture over-top of the plums (do not pat down).
4. Bake at 350F for 30-40mins.
Needless-to-say, my mom was very pleased that I finished up all the softening plums before they reached the "discard-now!" stage. And my dad was more than happy to gobble up a few pieces of cake. My sisters couldn't care less that I'd used up the plums, but they happily ate up their fruits... they're good gals :) Now that the plums are all used up, I'll have to do something about the bag of apples sitting in our pantry... hmm...