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Plum-Topped Chocolate Kuchen

 Plum-Topped Chocolate Kuchen
Plums star in this rich cake. Four to five medium plums will yield 2 cups sliced. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + standing Bake: 35 min. + cooling

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

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Plum-Topped Chocolate Kuchen (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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 near 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. Yield: 12
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice (calculated without whipped cream or confectioners' sugar) equals 263 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 286 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.