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Honey Cake with Plum Glaze

5 Sep

My plum tree is old and in pretty bad shape.  It looks like it’s been through a war.  Really, it has.  The war of “I want to live” vs. “The goats want to eat.”  The extremes we’ve had in our weather the last few years doesn’t help either.

I decided I need to start a new one or two or three trees and plant them up north.  I gathered a bowl full of plums to get seeds.

Then I decided I needed to do something with the plums because they are the best plums ever!

I made honey cake with plum glaze. It might be my new favorite cake.

Start by making the plum glaze (you need some of this for the cake too).  Honestly, I made the glaze the day before, and it worked well.  That way it was completely cool by the time I wanted to make the cake. I measured out 1 cup of plum sauce and 1 cup of honey.  Put them in a medium sauce pan and simmer, stirring constantly.  Add 1/8 tsp. ground ginger.  Let it come to a boil until it is thick and bubbly.  Put it in the refrigerator to cool.

For the cake batter, in a bowl combine:

  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups honey

Mix thoroughly and add:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt

Add:

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Mix it all together and set aside while you prepare the filling.

For the filling, in a medium mixing bowl combine:

  • 1 cup chevre (or cream cheese)
  • 1/2 cup of your plum glaze
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. flour

Put about 1/3 of your batter in the bottom of a greased and floured bundt pan.  Then spread the filling over this.  It is fairly thin, so it might spread out and just be a layer more than a filling.  Then finish pouring the rest of the cake batter over the top.  Bake at a 350°F oven for about an hour.  Once it has completely cooled, you can remove it from the pan.

Then you might want to heat the plum gaze up enough that you can evenly drizzle it over the cake.  You just don’t want it so thin it will all run off.

There’s plenty of glaze to drizzle on your individual pieces if you want.

There you go!

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What I’m Not Doing

30 Jul

My garden this year has been a bust.  Between the late start, early heat with tons of rain, then dry, and…  Well, it’s been neglected.

I actually mowed it once between the tomatoes and stuff.  The okra grew quickly in the heat and humidity, so it will produce later in the summer.

The tomatoes are doing well also.

I’m pretty sure, even if they are totally covered by the grass and weeds, I’m still going to have a good crop.

I’ve picked a few cucumbers and a couple of zucchini.

Unfortunately, I have lost some zucchini plants to squash vine borers.  I hate them.

I don’t know how to get rid of them since they are in the soil.

acorn squash (not touched by squash vine borers so far)

I think that means I want to move my garden up north; hopefully it won’t have them up there.  I also want to dig some of the baby plum trees and start them up north.

baby plum tree

My big plum tree that I moved here from my mom’s place is not looking good–too many severe weather years and yard goats.

It’s also twenty years old.  Although, if they hang on, it looks like there will be quite a few this fall.

I have a couple bigger young trees that my nephew said he’d help me move with the backhoe.  We’ll see how that works.

So my garden is largely a bust for this year, but I’m looking at improvements and changes for next year.

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September 1st

1 Sep

September first has arrived, and I’m quite happy to see the calendar drawing closer to fall.  Summer isn’t completely ready to give up yet.  My tomatoes are finally getting ripe.

After tending green beans all summer through the heat and drought and not getting a single bean, I have tons of them on the plants now.

Luckily, my boy and nephews like to eat them raw.  Makes it a lot easier.  I just have to pick them.  It’s time for me to pick apples according to Mushu.

Several apples have fallen on the ground, and my yard is starting to smell like apple cider vinegar.

The garlic chives are blooming like crazy.

They are quite popular with the bees.

Ironically, my yard has the most green it’s had since about April.  Of course, this is as the plum tree is showing obvious signs of fall.

Another sign of fall is what looks like a strange snowfall in my yard.  It’s actually goose feathers.  They are molting.

What a weird year this has been.

Linking to both First of the Month, SOOC SundayYour Sunday Best, and Macro Monday.