the big apple

we're back!! it's been so long we almost forgot how to post, sorry. just to update, if you care, our move went pretty well for the most part and we are thrilled to be living in manhattan. it's amazing and every day we have to pinch ourselves to make sure this is all really happening. love our apartment, love our neighborhood, love the greenmarket, love our butcher, love exploring the city and getting used to a new way of life. we've had LOTS of fun foodie adventures so far - visit to murray's, pinot gris, warm olives and hard boiled eggs here, great sandwiches from Defontes, shacks (BLT & shake), and a great waffles from these guys. new york is amazing!! have seen lots of gorgeous plums at a few local greenmarkets and had to make something that reminded me of home - my mom's plum kuchen. it's also great with apples - perfect for fall! changed the recipe a bit to use whole wheat pastry flour and muscavado sugar (cause we had it) but they both add a nice bit of depth to the treat. enjoy & we're glad to be back!

Plum Kuchen

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/8 cup muscavado or brown sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbs unsalted butter, cold & cut into chunks & 2 tbs melted
1 egg, beaten
1/8 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups sliced plums (or tart apples)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 cup sugar
preheat oven to 400 degrees F. in a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. cut in butter with a fork or fingers until coarse. add egg, milk and vanilla and stir with a fork until combined. spread batter evenly and very thin in bottom of a lightly greased 8-inch square baking pan - wet fingers or spatula to help spread evenly. arrange sliced plums (or apples) in rows over batter. drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. bake for 25-30 minutes or until edges are brown and crispy. let cool before slicing.


Kerrin @ MyKugelhopf said...

Welcome to NYC ! I can say that, right - even though I'm not living there anymore! ;)

Love NY and all its energy and its delicious spots at every corner, left and right. You've already mentioned a few of my faves - the waffle truck (mmm, real gaufres!), burgers and custard at the shake shack - and the Greenmarket of course. Good luck settling in, and enjoy !

Kimberley Hasselbrink said...

this all so sounds so exciting and lovely.

thanks for the plum kuchen recipe; the coming season has got me all excited for baked goods with fruit.

Catherine said...

Congrats on the move!

I'm not much of a baker, but I just put this Plum Kuchen on my list to make this weekend. Thanks again for all the great posts.

Now . . . Please go eat at Caracas Arepa Bar on 1st Ave & 7th Steet and enjoy the best Venezuelan snack in the universe.

chika said...

hello there,

welcome back (to the blogsphere)! good to hear your move went well and excited to hear more about NYC! love, LOVE plum kuchen like this one, and i love how you use whole wheat flour and muscavado.

Anonymous said...

hooray ! you're back! I had only just discovered your lovely lovely blog when you disappeared :(

really looking forward to all of the posts to come...especially if this recipe is anything to go by for what is to come !


jen a said...

this looks amazing. so happy you are settling in well and so very happy! xoox

Sprouted Kitchen said...

welcome back, we missed you! jealous of all the great food you have at your fingertips!

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

so excited you are back blogging! i love nyc too!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy (and actually jealous) for you that everything went well with the move to the big apple! The Plum Cake recipe sounds great and I can't wait to make it!

Josephine Tournier Ingram said...

it's going to be fun reading your posts from the opposite coast! looking forward to hearing all about your foodie & photo adventures in NYC!! xoxo jos

gine said...

oh that looks so delicious :-)! have a great start in manhattan :-) XOXO

Mary said...

Love this recipe....and welcome to the east coast!
Also, just wanted to mention I enjoy your blog very much!

Mark Scarbrough said...

Gorgeous food--and in such a place. I will never forget my days in NYC. When I moved there, a really good friend who had lived as an artist in a loft in the '80s when it was nuts told me that the city is like a very stern father: unrelenting, no holds barred, and yet ultimately forgiving. "It forces you to grow up," she said. She was right. The city did well by me. Even though we're now ensconced in the light and trees of the Berkshires, I'll never forget my ten years there--and am happy to go back in once a week or so for meetings!