Tuesday, August 14, 2012
What do you do with the fruit?
Yesterday, Mum and I canned peaches. Some of the peaches were REALLY ripe and we put them aside for something REALLY yummy. I just happened to have a few blueberries... just a few. I had a bunch of family coming over to pick blueberries last evening and it is nice to have something dessert like when the picking is done. This family favourite uses any fruit that you have on hand, fresh is best but frozen works too.
Platz (I always called it Plops as a child!)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup table cream or whole milk
fruit in sections: plums, apples, apricots or peaches... blueberries too!
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
Stir together the dry ingredients for the base, cut in the butter and set aside. Mix dry ingredients and cut in butter for the topping and set aside. Prepare your fruit. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Pour the milk into your base mixture and stir. It will form a ball sort of. Clump it into a ball and press it into the bottom of a 9" by 13" pan. You will really have to press it into the pan and work it to cover the bottom but it will do it. I sometimes sprinkle a bit of minute tapioca on the base before adding the fruit if the fruit is really juicy. Layer the fruit in a single layer on the base and sprinkle the topping over the works. If you are really fancy you can organize the fruit so that when you cut into the platz, each person will get one apricot half for example. But you might not be that particular. I was not in this case because I was using super ripe peaches that could not be cut in half nicely. I just sort of spread the fruit everywhere.
Bake until golden. I check it at about 35 minutes or 40 minutes and see if it is looking good but it is dependent a lot on the type of fruit you use.
If you want to be really naughty, whipping cream or some old fashioned vanilla ice cream would be lovely.
This is a Mennonite fruit coffee cake in fact. Who knew? It is delicious! Grampa had seconds.
Webster watched us canning peaches. He was most intent.