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Traditional Plum Cake (aka Zwetschgendatschi)

This year autumn has arrived with a brutal start. One day hot balmy weather – the next – wham-bam-thank-you-mam and we wake up to rain, morning mists and a drop in the temperature of around 10 degrees Celsius. If you are getting used to bracing walks with the dog then you may want to come home to this traditional German plumb cake going with the somewhat quirky name of Zwetschgendatschi. I’ve been scratching my head trying to think of a suitable English translation for this glorious cake. Simple “Plumb Cake” fails to do justice to this magnificent masterpiece. “Zwetschgen” is the German word for the damson plum and the tartness of damsons works well in this recipe. That all said I’ve made this cake with just about any plum going and it has always worked out brilliantly. The yeast base is excellent at absorbing all the excess juices that plumbs release when they are baking. The crumble on top gives it a wonderful crunch and the sweet tartness of the plumbs conjure up early autumn in …