Cardamom coffee cake with spiced dried plums


1lb butter

2 cups brown sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp almond extract

4 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 ½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 T ground cardamom

2 cups sour cream

Cream together the butter and sugar; add eggs one at a time; add extract

In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt

Alternatively add the flour mixture and sour cream to creamed butter, starting and ending with the sour cream

Pour into buttered dish; bake at 350 degrees till knife inserted in cake comes out clean (approx. 1 ½ hours)


For dried plums:

2 cups dried plums

1 cinnamon stick

¼ tsp ground cloves

¼ tsp ground all spice

2 cups water

1 ½ cups brown sugar

¾ cup red wine


Combine all ingredients in a pot; simmer gently 1 hour till thickened and plum plumped