Hi! I have some beautiful blue and golden plums that must be used and since it's the middle of Oktoberfest, what better way to grace those lovely orbs but to bake them in a German pancake? If you have never enjoyed one before, the best way to describe it might be the marriage of a beignet and flan.
The inspiration for this dish comes from a cookbook titled "Cooking from Quilt Country" by Marcia Adams. The recipes are all family treasures from Mennonite and Amish kitchens. I recently bought this cookbook and have already marked a dozen or so recipes to try. Run like the wind to your Library and give this lovely book a look. The pictures, by the way, are awesome! Anyway, here is my adaptation....
You will need:
4 plums, such as golden or blue or a mixture
¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
Buttered Maple Syrup
First, preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
Rinse and cut the plums in small slices. You should have approximately 1 ½ cups.
Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium low heat in a small fry pan, and sauté the plums until they are just tender, about 2 minutes. Set aside, keeping warm while preparing the batter.
Now, place a 9 or 10 inch cast-iron skillet or very heavy ovenproof pan in the oven to heat for at least 5 minutes (the pan has to be very hot for this recipe to really work properly).
Meanwhile, place the milk, eggs, vanilla, salt and nutmeg in the bowl of a food processor. Top with the flour and then turn on low speed to blend.
While the batter is blending, remove the hot skillet from the oven. Add the remaining butter to it - sliding the butter over the sides and across the center. Do this quickly so the pan does not cool down.
Quickly add the warm plums to the pan, arranging them over the melted butter.
Now, turn the processor to high for just a second and then immediately pour the smooth batter over the plums in the hot buttered pan.
Place the pan back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce heat to 375 degrees F, and bake for 10 minutes longer. The pancake will puff and climb up the sides of the pan.
Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar, then cut in wedges and serve with warm buttered maple syrup.
Try this recipe with apples, peaches, or other fruits.
Here is a link for the cookbook: Cooking From Quilt Country
Original recipe is for "German Apple Pancake".