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Category: Desserts

 Ingredients List

  • 1/4 lb Butter
  • 1/3 c Sugar
  • 1/2 ts Vanilla (or use
  • -vanilla sugar)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tb Sour cream
  • 1 pn Salt (only if you
  • -use unsalted butter)
  • 1 ts Lemon peel
  • 1 3/4 c Flour
  • 1 ts Baking powder
  • 2 c Italian plums


6 tb Butter
3/4 c Flour
1/3 c Sugar
1/2 ts Cinnamon

In a large bowl, cream the butter, add the sugar (and vanilla), add the
egg, (salt,) lemon peel and sour cream. Mix the flour and baking powder and
add that.

Pit the plums, splitting them into halves or thirds. Grease the pan and
spread the dough. Liberally spread plums over the dough, meat side up. If
the plums are sour (as opposed to just tart), sprinkle them lightly with

To make the optional Streusel topping, cream the butter, add flour, sugar
and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the plums. Bake for 30-45 minutes in the middle
rack at 375 degrees F. Be careful not to let the bottom burn!

Serve liberally topped with freshly-made whipping cream.


* A Bavarian plum delicacy for dessert My mother and grandmother make
this Bavarian specialty without a recipe; this recipe is from my mother,
after I pressed her to write it down so I could make my own. It also
includes variations from a few other folks that you might like to try.
Roughly translated from Bavarian to German, this is Pflaumenkuchen, which,
roughly translated from German to to English is Plum cake. However,
Zwetschgen aren't ordinary plums, a Datschi isn't really a Kuchen, and a
Kuchen is most definitely NOT a cake!

This dessert is made of the slightly tart Italian plums, which are
unfortunately only available at certain times of the year. Don't try to
make it with ordinary plums; they're too sweet and too juicy. Yield: Fills
one round cake pan.

* A Datschi may actually be made with any fruit; I happen to love it with
Zwetschgen the best.

* I don't know this with Streusel on top, and never prepare it that way,
but several of my acquaintances swear by it. Made with other fruit, I would
be more likely to accept the Streusel.

* If you like, you may sprinkle rum or cinnamon over the fruit before
baking. Also, you might try substituting rum for the sour cream in the
dough, or just adding both.

* If you want to make a cookie-sheet-sized Datschi, simply double the

: Difficulty: moderate.
: Time: 20 minutes preparation, 20 minutes baking.
: Precision: approximate measurement OK.

: Chris Kent
: DEC Western Research Lab, Palo Alto, California

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