Plum Walnut cake

This lovely tree in my backyard is my inspiration for making this cake. I have been enjoying the sweet, juicy plums along with the squirrels…. but then there are so many more, so I tweaked a recipe of Fig Almond cake ( from NY times) & made it my own……



Very Simple, 4 steps is all it takes ….. Here are the ingredients ~

 1 1/3 C Walnuts,   1/3 C + 1 T Sugar, 1/4 C Whole wheat pastry flour,
1/2 t Baking Powder, 1/2 t Cinnamon,  1/2 C Coconut butter, 3 Eggs,  2 T Honey & 12 – 14 plums

Step 1

Put all the dry ingredients together in a food processor a dry grinder and pulse until well blended together

Step 2

Whisk the eggs, butter & honey together until well mixed, then add in the dry ingredients & blend well.. All I used was a wire whisk…

Step 3

Put the batter on a greased pie plate, top it off with sliced plums on top with a drizzle of 1 -2 Tbsp sugar on top

Step 4

Bake at 350 degree F for 30 – 40 minutes until done in the middle & Voila!

And the flavor… a nice mix of sweet, tangy and juicy… my boys loved it!!!

El Salvadorian Cake takes care of Central America

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El Salvadorian Cheesecake; from the smallest country in Central America

One day, As we continued on our journey of North America, I took along an El Salvadorian quesadilla cake. It is a rich breakfast cake, more like a pound cake that doesn’t look or taste anything like a “quesadilla.” It has rice flour, sour cream and salty cheese. So, it is sweet, sour, salty and crunchy with a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Even though, Parmesan cheese is usually seen in most recipes, other recipes call for any salty cheese like Queso Fresco, Cheddar or Feta.

While covering North America at our geography Club. Of Course Canada figures, United States and Mexico too, but everything below Mexico pretty much gets forgotten. So, we try to put in that extra focus on the smaller countries below Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. And yet, the tendency among the students is to get back to United States and mark up the “familiar – looking ” states. Continue reading “El Salvadorian Cake takes care of Central America”