Monday, September 2, 2013

Zwetschgendatschi - German Plum Cake

Had another friend's birthday over Labor Day weekend, and instead of the Nutella dessert I originally had in mind, I decided to try something a little different. Zwetschgendatschi is a traditional German plum cake and learning how to pronounce its name (ts-vetch-kin-dah-chee) was probably harder than actually making it. The recipe uses Italian prune plums, which are currently in season, so I figured it would be the perfect time to try making this.

It was a very simple recipe - the hardest part would probably be making the pie crust, but since I was short on time, I cheated and used a pie crust mix, making it even easier to make. It turned out very delicious, sort of like a tart apple pie! Next time, if I tried this again, I'd probably try making the crust from scratch and also adjusting the baking time/temperature (see recipe below), but everyone was pretty happy about how this turned out!

Zwetschgendatschi - makes one nine-inch tart/pie


  • Half a package of Betty Crocker's Pie Crust Mix (1 1/3 cups)
  • 2 Tbs and 2 tsp of cold water
  • ~15 Italian Prune Plums
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (half a stick)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the water to the pie crust mix and combine (with a fork or hands) until smooth. Roll out the dough until it fits into a nine-inch pie tin. Press dough into pie tin and mold it so the dough is in line with the edge of the tin. 
  3. Wash the plums and cut them open lengthwise. Remove the pit and cut into quarter slices. Arrange all the slices (fruit side up) in a circular pattern on top of the pie crust. 
  4. Mix the flour, sugar, butter, and cinnamon together with a fork or with hands until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Sprinkle it on top of the plums.
  5. Bake in oven for 40-50 minutes. (If I were to make this again, I would actually bake at 450 degrees for 30-40 minutes, but the temperature/times listed here worked just fine!)

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