September 9, 2015

36 | 52 Poppyseed Quark Cake with Prunes and Cinnamon Crumbles

Another week, another plum recipe. (#sorrynotsorry)
'Tis the season. Of yummy purple, oval plums. Or prunes?

Yes, let's take a moment and talk about those plums/prunes.
Here in Switzerland (and Germanya and Austria), we love our Zwetschgen. And our Pflaumen, too.

According to the Wikipedia, Zwetschgen are a a subspecies of the plum (Pflaume).
Zwetschge = prune, or common plum = Prunus domestica subsp. domestica
Pflaume = (round) plum = Prunus domestica

The easiest way to keep them apart is actually their shape and color.
Zwetschgen are oval and very dark blue/purple, Pflaumen are bigger and round and of a lighter purple (or even yellow or red).

YAY! You might have even learned something new today!
If not - sorry to have bored you with all these German, English, and Latin terms...

Oh, but I forgot. This recipe also calls for Quark
If you don't know what I'm talking about, follow this link... 

Poppyseed Quark Cake with Prunes and Cinnamon Crumbles

For the bottom and crumbles
100 g (1 stick minus 1 tablespoon) butter, cold
50 g (1/4 cup) sugar
1 egg
pinch of salt
180 g (1 1/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon) flour
For the filling
250 g (8.8 oz) quark
1 egg
1 tablespoon cornstarch
50 g (1/4 cup) sugar
100 g (3.5 oz) poppyseeds, ground

1 teaspoon cinnamon
300 g (10.5) prunes/plums, halved and pitted
  • For the bottom and crumbles, cut cold butter into pieces. Add remaining bottom/crumble ingredients and knead (with your hands) until you get a smooth dough. Let cool for 30 minutes.  
  • For the filling, mix together all filling ingredients. 
  • Preheat oven to 180°C (355°F). 
  • Put 2/3 of the bottom/crumbles dough evenly onto the bottoms of 2 small, round springform pans (20 cm/8 in). Spoon poppyseed filling over dough and distribute prune halves on top of it. 
  • Combine the remaining dough for the crumbles with cinnamon and crumble over prunes. 
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cool completely before serving (and ideally serve the next day).

My modifications:
None. Except for using two (instead of one) 20 cm springform pans which was perfect for the amounts given.

The taste:
Good on the first day, definitely a lot better on the second day so try to be patient ;) 
I'm not the biggest fan of poppyseeds but I still liked it. It does taste more like fall than summer (at least to me) so save this for the end of plum season...

What's more commonly available where you live: Zwetschgen or Pflaumen?
Do you have a preference if you can buy both?

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