It has been plum season for a couple months now, starting with the yellow ones, and moving on through a whole range of shades and flavors from tart to sweet. Now that we are close to the end, at least here in Michigan, of plums for the year, the damson type prune plums with names like Stanley and Vision are in the market. These are some of my favorites, and I love to use them in this ridiculously simple recipe that my mom learned from her grandmother. Although I highly recommend plums for this, you can use peaches, apples, etc. as well. I hope that you and whoever you share this with enjoy it as much as I do!
8-12 damson type plums, such as the Stanley variety, pitted and cut into 6-8 slices
1 cup flour
1 heaping tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
4 TB butter, softened
3TB brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8"x8" baking pan. Cream together the butter and sugar, and then add the eggs. Mix the salt, baking power and flour and beat into the creamed butter, sugar and eggs. Pour the batter into the baking dish. It will be quite stiff, so you'll probably want to use a spatula to smooth it out a bit. Take the plum slides and lay them in lines across the entire top of the cake. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour; this will vary with your oven so be sure to start checking for doneness after about 40 minutes.
I like to serve this with softly whipped cream flavored with a little vanilla and sugar, and I am sure you will like it this way too. Enjoy! DeeDee