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30-Minute Skillet Plum Cake
1 1/2 cups (about 7 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (about 2 1/3 ounces) packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 stick (4 ounces) plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons orange zest
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure almond extract
3 ripe but firm black plums, seed discarded, thinly sliced into wedges
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350 F. Whisk flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; set aside.
2. Heat butter in a 10-inch round cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook, swirling pan occasionally, until beginning to foam. Remove skillet from heat when foam settles and butter smells nutty, 5 to 7 minutes. Immediately remove from heat and transfer to medium bowl. Stir in orange zest. Whisk in milk, eggs, and almond extract.
3. Whisk brown butter/milk mixture into dry ingredients, stirring only until batter is smooth.
4. Grease skillet with remaining 1 tablespoon butter, then scrape batter into skillet. Top with sliced plums, skin side up, pressing gently into batter. Sprinkle with granulated sugar and bake until cake tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
5. Transfer skillet to cooling rack and cool cake about 15 minutes; serve warm. Cake may be served at room temperature.
Nov 18th 2013
There's something about the texture of plums (and peaches) that I just can't stand but if I could make this with apples instead I'd seriously consider it.