So this is what we do with Italian plums around here (besides just eating them :)) This recipe is from Gretel Specht, a very lovely German lady we met at a ranch in Colorado about 30 years ago. It often translates as plum cake, though this recipe is more of a plum tart. When I have looked at other recipes, there is the expected variation. My mother has made at least 15 Swedish apple pies in the past two years and not one has been the same.

1 stick butter
1 egg yolk
5 T sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
28 Italian plums

A beautiful zwetschgenkuchen, or plum tart made with Stillman’s Italian plums

Blend the above with your fingers or pulse in the food processor until it forms a ball. Spread dough in the bottom of a springform pan and pat up the sides and inch or so. Cut plums along seem, slicing not all the way through, into 8 sections. Layer plums as shown in my picture. Bake at 375 degrees one hour, then sprinkle with sugar and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Sometimes mine does not need to cook all this time – just wait until the juice evaporates and the kuchen in brown.

You’ll see I used a tart pan with removable bottom 🙂


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Stillman's Farm® is a family owned farm in Massachusetts. We currently operate at two locations: a greenhouse/retail business in Lunenburg, and the majority of vegetable production in New Braintree. Glenn Stillman started the business in Lunenburg over 20 years ago and now enjoys the promise of the next generation further expanding the very diverse enterprise. The farm also has several Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs established in Boston, Lunenburg, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, New Braintree and the Southborough/Framingham area. In addition, the Stillman's trucks have become a fixture at the Boston Area Farmer's Markets. Our Philosophy Most of Stillman's produce is grown without chemicals. For a few crops this simply is not feasible. For these particular crops, we participate in the State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. This entails systematic scouting of fields, protection of beneficial insects, bio-controls, and well-timed applications of only the safest pesticides. With growing concern about genetically modified organisms (GMO), as a patron you can be confident that none of the produce we grow have been engineered, in fact, we often experiment with many heirloom varieties! Conscientiously Grown® The combination of no pesticides, good cultivation management, and IPM practices allows us to offer the widest possible selection of fruit and vegetable varieties and be a thriving sustainable farm. We have developed our own label, "conscientiously grown" to convey our commitment to the safety of our environment, family and customers. All of our hormone free, pasture raised meats carry a conscientiously grown label too!
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3 Responses to Zwetschgenkuchen

  1. Pingback: Zwetschgenkuchen | Stillmans Farm Blog » - News aus dem Web

  2. roswitha ladue says:

    i am german so i am hoping to get some italian plums, i love to make potatodumplings with plums inside and a butter cinnamon sauce besides the zwetschenkuchen

  3. That’s such a pretty tart! A very good use of plums.

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