I am one of those people. Those sentimental folk who become reflective and day-dreamy around this time of year. Thinking of the highs and lows of the year past, and hopes for the year ahead. There have been many new year’s eves where I have sighed to myself, ‘it’s been the best of times, it’s been the worst of times’. Mostly that’s because I just like to begin sentences in my head with that level of drama. It’s actually been a pretty chilled year, relatively speaking. We like living the sweet good life, because generally, it’s sweet and it’s good. So here’s a sweet, good cake to end the year with.
To begin with it is helpful if you have a tree that is groaning with plums. So laden that someone in the house simply has to do something with them, and you find jars of beautiful stewed fruit lined up on the bench when you get home from work. Thanks Grant.
3/4 cup thick stewed plums.
100g soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup rice flour
2 tsp baking powder
a few squares of dark chocolate chopped into small chunks.
Beat the butter and sugar, add the eggs, then add everything else (except the plums and chocolate) and beat well (food processor good here). Stir in the chocolate and lightly mix in the plum.
Bake for around 30 – 40 mins until cooked through (at 180)