My mother-in-law's plum loaf cake

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    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.

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    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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    Just made 2 loaves. Added 1/2 c more of the plums and I didn't have yogurt so I used sour cream , used 1/3 c butter. I added in 1/2 tsp of orange extract also. Very yummy!! Thanks for sharing  -  02 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is such a great recipe as is. Or you can easily mix it up just by changing the yogurt, fruit and topping. My daughter loves it with plums and mixed berry yogurt. I love it with cranberries and vanilla yogurt and sliced almonds on top ( add almonds 1/2 way thru cooking so they do not burn). Make it with mixed berries or oranges or bananas or just about anything you can dream up. And with so many flavors of yogurt the combo's are endless. Also try a crumb topping with or without nuts. This is such a great basic recipe to play with. I've done so much with it and it alway's turns out great and moist. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe It's in my "Special" cook book now!  -  12 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    The pan of this stuff did not last long! Plums gave it a slightly tart flavor, which is a great contrast to the sweetness of the bread. I lacked enough white sugar, so I used 1/4 cup white and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Did not have margarine, so used softened butter instead. Also, added chopped pecans to the top, right underneath the brown sugar topping. Easy to make, and worth it!  -  04 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)