I am becoming a fast fan of Martha’s cookbook One Pot. I have been trying recipes in every category with outstanding results. Even in her dessert chapter, all of the selections are made with just one type of pot, pan or skillet. So, I would call these quick and easy desserts. Reading through the recipes, I can see that any of them would even welcome substitutions from any pantry.
For this recipe, I substituted pears for plums and the result was super tasty and delicious.
To make this cake:
First decide on the fruit for the cake. These would be the possible choices: plums, peaches, cherries, pears, apples, or any berries. Peel and slice those that would have peels, prepare the others as you would for any pie.
Next, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8 inch skillet or pan. Dust with flour. Whisk together the following ingredients in a bowl– 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt. Next, mix 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup buttermilk with a hand mixer in another bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture into the batter bowl. Incorporate with the hand mixer.
Transfer to the baking pan. Add the fruit to the top. Sprinkle the top with additional sugar.
Bake about 40 minutes until browned. Test with a cake tester to done. Serve either warm or cooled. This is a great brunch cake, a tea cake or an anytime fruit dessert.
Delicious with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and drizzled with either caramel or chocolate sauce.
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