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    Plum, Almond and Pine Nut Streusel Cake

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    Plum, Almond and Pine Nut Streusel Cake

    I love this cake with its pretensions to being a crumble; it's a texture thing and the streusel topping really does it for me.

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 60 minutes to 75 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 35 minutes 60 minutes 35 minutes

    Serves: 8

    Ingredients

    • Cake
    • 150g salted butter, softened
    • 150g golden caster sugar
    • 2 large eggs, beaten
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 100g plain flour, sifted
    • 1½ tsp baking powder
    • 100g ground almonds
    • 4 tbsp milk
    • 8 plums, halved and stoned
    • Topping
    • 25g softened butter
    • 75g self-raising flour
    • 75g demerara sugar
    • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
    • 50g pine nuts
    • 50g flaked almonds

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Grease a 20cm round cake tin with a removeable base, and line it with baking parchment. Next, make the cake batter. Cream the butter and sugar until really fluffy, before gradually beating in the eggs and vanilla and folding in the flour, baking powder and almonds.
    2. Add the milk to loosen the mixture slightly and spoon it into the tin. Pop the plums snugly on top in a single layer and set aside.
    3. To make the streusel topping, add the flour, sugar and cinnamon and rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture is crumbly. Add 1 tbsp water and the nuts and break into lumps with a blunt knife. Scatter this over the plums and bake for 1–1¼ hours.
    4. After an hour, check to see whether the cake is ready by inserting a skewer; if it doesn't come out clean, leave for a few minutes more before checking again (noting that the the plums will make it seem quite wet). Leave it to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then remove the tin and cool on a wire rack. Alternatively, enjoy it, with cream, while it is still warm.

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    Drinks recommendation

    The warm, early-autumnal character of this cake works beautifully with a rummy, fortified dessert wine.

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