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Plum burnt-butter cakes with plum semifreddo

Australian Gourmet Traveller summer dessert recipe for plum burnt-butter cakes with plum semifreddo

By Emma Knowles
  • Serves 6
Plum burnt-butter cakes with plum semifreddo
Plum burnt-butter cakes with plum semifreddo

You'll need to begin this recipe the day before.

Ingredients

Cakes
  • 40 gm butter, coarsely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 130 gm caster sugar
  • 125 gm plain flour
  • 75 gm ground pistachios
  • 6 plums, halved and stones removed
Plum semifreddo
  • 200 gm blood plums, stones removed and coarsely chopped
  • 170 gm caster sugar
  • 60 ml brandy (¼ cup)
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 300 ml pouring cream, lightly whipped to soft peaks

Method

Main
  • 1
    For plum semifreddo, combine plum, 60gm sugar, 1 tbsp brandy, cinnamon and 2 tbsp water in a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until plums are soft. Process plum mixture in a food processor until smooth, then pass through a sieve, discarding solids and cool completely. Combine, egg, yolks, remaining sugar and remaining brandy in a heatproof bowl and whisk over a saucepan of simmering water for 7-8 minutes or until thick and pale. Transfer mixture to an electric mixer and whisk until cold. Fold in whipped cream, then plum syrup to form
    a ripple effect, transfer to a container and freeze overnight.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 170C. Place butter in a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until dark golden, remove from heat and cool completely. Combine eggs and sugar in an electric mixer and whisk for 5 minutes or until thick and pale. Add flour and pistachios and whisk to combine, then fold in cooled butter. Divide mixture among 6 greased and floured 1 cup-capacity buttered cake pans. Place 2 plum halves,
    cut-side down, over each and bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Stand in pans
    for 5 minutes then carefully turn out and cool on a wire rack. Serve cakes, warm or at room temperature with plum semifreddo.
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  • Author: Emma Knowles