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Plum-Topped Chocolate Kuchen

Plums star in this rich cake. Four to five medium plums will yield 2 cups sliced. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sliced fresh plums
  • 1/4 cup port wine
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 5 tablespoons finely chopped hazelnuts, divided
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Whipped cream and confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the plums, wine and honey; let stand 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, grease bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a 9-in. springform pan with 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons hazelnuts. Place pan on a baking sheet; set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a microwave, melt chocolate and remaining butter; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, combine eggs, 2/3 cup sugar and milk. Add chocolate mixture. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually add to chocolate mixture just until combined. Transfer to prepared pan.
  • Drain plums, reserving 2 tablespoons liquid. Arrange plums over batter; drizzle with reserved liquid. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar and hazelnuts; sprinkle over top.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen. Serve warm or cold. Garnish with whipped cream and confectioners' sugar if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 263 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 286mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
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