Yeast Cake with Plums and Crumble Topping [My Grandma’s Baking – Part I]
A light and airy yeast cake with plums and crumble on top.
Servings Prep Time
20pieces 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35minutes 120minutes
Servings Prep Time
20pieces 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
35minutes 120minutes
  1. Warm up the milk. It should be warm but not hot; hot milk will “kill” the yeast.
  2. Pour half the milk into a cup, add 2 tbsp of sugar and the yeast, stir it and leave till it rises.
  3. Melt the butter.
  4. Beat the egg yolks with the rest of sugar till creamy.
  5. Put the flour and salt in a big bowl, add the milk and beaten egg yolks and knead for a minute until more or less combined; add the yeast mixture and knead for 1-2 minutes and finally add the melted butter. Knead the dough until it is smooth (however small lumps are fine) and it doesn’t stick to your hand anymore. It should take about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Leave the bowl with the dough in a warm place until it doubles in size. Depending on the temperature, it can take between 1 and 2 hours.
  7. Wash and dry the plums, cut them in half and remove stones. You may not need all of the plums (the amount depends on their size).
  8. Cover a bottom and sides of a rectangular 23cm x 35cm baking tray with baking paper. You may use a slightly bigger tray, but I wouldn’t use a smaller one as then the cake will be too high.
  9. Transfer the dough to the prepared tray and spread it. The best way to do it is with your hands but make sure you cover your hands with oil at first to prevent the dough from sticking to them.
  10. Arrange the plums on top of the dough and leave it to rise again (approx. 10-15 min.)
  11. Preheat an oven to 180 Celsius degrees (fan oven).
  12. Prepare the crumble: melt the butter, add the flour and sugar and rub everything together.
  13. When the cake has risen, put the crumble on top of the plums and place the tray in the hot oven.
  14. Bake for 30-35 min. until the cake is baked trough (check by inserting a wooden stick, if it comes out dry, the cake is ready).

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