The lovely V was gigging, and there was no cake left in the house for his midnight supper. Pregnant and somewhat tired, I thought I would bake him something quick and easy to put a smile on his face. I came up with plum tart/cake as there were plenty of plums in the fruit bowl. We did not have a lot of butter, hence, the use of white chocolate.
140g light demarera sugar
1tsp vanilla sugar (or some vanilla essence if you do not have access to this Danish gold dust)
75g self-raising flour
40g butter (or 80g if leaving out the chocolate)
40g white chocolate
50g hazelnuts (or a mix of nuts); roughly chopped (not toasted)
½-1 tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp cardamon (optional)
Turn the oven on to 190C.
Half the plums and remove the stones.
Melt the butter and chocolate and leave to cool slightly.
Whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla until white and fluffy.
Add flour, butter and melted chocolate (and cardamon if using).
Grease a tart tin (if you use one with a loose bottom, you need to line it as the runny dough will otherwise escape).
Pour the dough into the tin, then press in the plums, cut side up.
Spread the chopped hazelnuts on top.
Sprinkle w a tablespoon of sugar and the cinnamon.
Bake for 25-35 minutes.
Dust with icing sugar if you must. Serve with crème fraîche or natural yogurt.