Plum and Blueberry Upside-Down Torte baked in a cast iron pan-what fun! So delicious and simple to make except for finding Greengage plums. This was the chosen recipe from Rose's Heavenly Cakes for this week's HCB baking.
The Greengage plum is an elusive fruit. Finding any required a dragnet telephone sweep covering 77 miles/124km north to south and 77 miles/124 km east to west. Finally some were located at the very last place on my call list, near the stables in a small produce stand. The one we drive by once or twice a week. They saved me the last pound of Kelsey Greengages except now I'm not so certain Kelsey actually
Even produce people are confused by Greengage's identity hearing green and plum in the same sentence and they didn't look like these or the above picture.
Along the way I learned quite a bit about Greengage plums and why, delicious and coveted as they are among jam makers and bakers, they've become scarce. California farmers have pulled their Greengage orchards because they do not sell in super markets.
The flavor is different than the more popular purple and red varieties, less sweet, but I honestly don't know if these were as ripe as they should be.
I tossed the dry ingredients into the Big Beast Cuisinart which refused to start. The trusty little mini Cuisinart was pressed into service, mixing the dry ingredients with butter in two batches, dumping the tasty dough into a bowl and then pouring in mixed eggs and vanilla. They stirred in easily with a fork.
This is the first time for me baking a cake in a cast iron skillet, which I have wanted to do for a long time. The caramel syrup was stirred up in a heavy sauce pan then poured into the skillet with the cut up plums and blueberries arranged.
It baked forty minutes at 325 instead of 350 taking into account the dark skillet, cooled a few minutes then flipped out of the skillet intact.
No one wanted to wait. Everyone liked it. Baking in cast iron and mixing the dough with a fork made me think of Little House on the Prairie. Or in my case, Ma and Pa Kettle.