Almond and Plum Coffee Cake

Girls, scootch on up in here. We’re going to have a chat.

Last week, when I posted a recipe using “spelt” flour, I nearly threw a handful of you into Post-chaospoonerepsy. It’s not a thing. Just pretend with me here.

It was as though a few of you had never run your fingers through the tender goodness that is spelt. So, we’re going to do a quickie training session here. That’s different that the other sorts of quickies. This isn’t that kind of a blog, thank you very much.

Lately, I’ve been replacing my regular whole wheat & white flours with spelt.  Spelt flour is a cereal grain in the wheat family. It looks very similar to wheat, and contains a unique form of gluten, so is easy to swap in recipes calling for traditional flour. I like using spelt because of its robust nutritional profile.  It’s a wee bit lower in calories than traditional wheat flour and has a smidgen more protein. And, honestly, I think it bakes up lighter and less pasty-tasting that whole wheat flour. You can find it in the bulk section of Whole Foods or Sunflower Farmer’s Market, and (contrary to some of you who were worried about purchasing an expensive bag of specialty flour) it’s typically similar in price to a good bag of whole wheat flour.

While you’re at the store, grab yourself some coconut oil too. Because it’s high time we turn your kitchen into a mecca of healthy baking supplies.

Then buy some prune plums. The fresh ones, not the dried ones, silly.

Oh dang. While you’re there, don’t forget some almond flour. No griping about the price tag. This is a matter of cake for breakfast. All sacrifices pale in comparison.

You’ll need pure maple syrup, too.

And do you have a spring form pan? Well, why not? Buy one of those, too. We’re well past the point of reasonable expenditures here. Whatevs. Just trust the process.

Because the process yields one coffee cake that tastes like Europe. And autumn. And spelt.

And cold, hard cash.

But, ooooh. Cold, hard cash tastes so good in the form of fresh-baked breakfast cake.

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Almond & Plum Coffee Cake

This recipe came into existence on a drizzle afternoon, when I wanted something wholesome and comforting, but not too sweet. I wanted a breakfast cake that tasted like an indulgence, but didn't leave me feeling naughty and sugar-logged for days. So, maple syrup sweetened the batter, spelt and almond flour lent a beautifully chewy texture, and naturally sweetened plums and almonds adorned the top. Served with a smidgen of barely sweetened cream, this recipe is simply divine.

Ingredients:

1 cup sliced almonds
1 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
4-5 very ripe prune, red, or black plums, halved and pitted
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Generously grease & flour a 10" springform pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small pan, combine the sliced almonds and 1/3 cup pure maple syrup. Cook over medium-high heat just until the maple syrup begins to boil, then remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together the coconut oil, almond meal, spelt flour, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and eggs. Stir together just until mixed. Pour into the prepared pan.

Press the plum halves lightly into the batter. Cover the remaining top of the batter with the mapled almonds.

Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or just until the cake is set. Remove and cool completely before popping your cake from the springform pan.

In a large bowl, beat together the cream and powdered sugar just until the cream comes to a very soft peak. Serve over slices of the cake with a mug of your favorite hot drink.

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11 Responses to “Almond and Plum Coffee Cake”

  1. 1

    Katrina on September 19, 2011 at 4:57 am Reply

    Yum! This sounds delightful.

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    Kelly Senyei on September 19, 2011 at 7:25 am Reply

    This looks spectacular and like the perfect use for all of my plums! I splurged on a spring-form pan about four years ago and haven’t looked back since. They make the best cheesecakes on the planet!

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    Jennifer @ Raisin Questions on September 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm Reply

    Haha! That is totally how I do my shopping. Why not, while we’re at it after all. I need all those things you mentioned in fact… except maybe almond meal. I have a big bag of whole almonds. It would be possible to simply grind some up for that, right?

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    Bev Weidner on September 19, 2011 at 3:49 pm Reply

    Why aren’t we sisters? Why don’t we live in the same town? Why aren’t we hanging out right now drinking wine?

    OH YEAH THAT WHOLE DISTANCE THING.

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    Lorenza on September 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm Reply

    Hello There,

    I love the simplicity and earthiness of the recipe immediately but noticed something amiss in the preparation section of the recipe. Your ingredient section calls of 1 1/3 cups of maple syrup of which 1/3 cup is used to make the mapled almonds. The remaining 1 cup of maple syrup is nowhere to be found in the batter itself so where did it go?

    Thank you,

    Lorenza

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    Erika @ The Teenage Taste on September 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm Reply

    This looks fabulous! It’s not often that I come across a recipe that calls for plums so this is a welcome change-of-pace! Thanks for sharing!

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    anna on September 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm Reply

    i am so curious to try spelt! this looks so good and the colors are so pretty!

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    Brighton Restaurants on September 22, 2011 at 12:48 am Reply

    The golden brown almond & plum crust is simply fab. What a lovely breakfast menu to start-up your day . Thanks for this excellent share.

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    Charlotte au Chocolat on September 22, 2011 at 7:56 am Reply

    This looks wonderful!

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    Jenya on September 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm Reply

    I was so exited about this recipe. Went two trips actually to find spelt flour and plums…
    Yet, it didn’t turn out good at all :( missing sugar made the dough not sweet at all. Maple syrup (unless you missed 1 cup in your description as Lorenza pointed out). And the dough itself didn’t bake or rise at all…
    It just sort of dried and when u taste it – you feel the taste of almond meal and flour :(
    I would LOVE this recipe to work!
    Please, help! What am I doing wrong???

    P.S. The only coconut oil I could find at Whole Foods was cream like consistency… I saw it at another store today same type, so I don’t think that is where I made a mistake…
    So something needs to be updated in this recipe :(

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    Gretchen on October 24, 2011 at 9:19 am Reply

    The recipe calls for 1 1/3 cup maple syrup, and you DO need to add the remaining 1 cup of syrup to the batter. Then it works wonderfully :)

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