My mother-in-law's plum loaf cake

My mother-in-law's plum loaf cake


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About this recipe: An old-fashioned plum loaf cake with a crunchy brown sugar topping. Just like my mother-in-law used to make! A delicious way to enjoy plums when they are in season.


Serves: 8 

  • 240g chopped plums
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 110g butter or cooking margarine
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 5 tablespoons natural yoghurt
  • 4 tablespoons dark soft brown sugar

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a loaf tin or line with baking paper.
  2. Sprinkle chopped plums with 1 tablespoon of flour in a bowl; toss to coat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter, caster sugar and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs.
  4. In another bowl, sift together 200g of flour with salt and bicarbonate of soda. Stir the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, alternating with yoghurt until the mixture is smooth. Lightly stir in the flour-coated plums and pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin. Sprinkle the top of the cake with dark brown sugar.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool in the tin for 10 to 15 minutes before removing and slicing.

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