Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Pass the Platz

With the summer (a.k.a. fruit-bearing season) approaching, we've been mindful to finish using up last summer's pickings that are still living in our freezer.  I still had a big bag full of purple plums from our backyard tree and all I could think about was making them into plum platz (a.k.a. fruit coffee cake - Mennonite style).  I've never made platz before and I expected it to be a complicated recipe for some reason.  But when I found the recipe on Mennonite Girls Can Cook, it was surprisingly easy...


I made a batch for our care group and it was such a hit that they even gave me a round of applause.
Yeah, our care group is cool like that.

And since the recipe was so successful, I decided to make another batch the very next day.

So, if you've got any ripe or frozen fruit around, here's a great way to use it up!

Platz:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Grease a 9x13 pan

In the food processer (or with a pastry blender) combine:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup butter

(The food processer worked brilliant - way better than using a pastry blender!)



Mix until the mixture is crumbly and then add:
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla

Spread into the prepared pan.



Top with chopped fresh or frozen fruit of your choice.  

I was running low on plums for my second batch so I added in some blueberries.  
(It was good but the pure plum one was better in my opinion :)



Crumb Topping:

- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup of butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups sugar

Combine to make crumbs and sprinkle over fruit.

(Yeah, there's a reason this stuff is so good... 
butter + sugar = true love 4-ever)

       

Bake in the top 1/3 of your oven for about 30 minutes - until golden brown.



Then amaze your family and friends with a little slice of heaven...

6 comments:

laura.h said...

Love, love, love, Mennonite girls can cook! Especially for a non-mennonite girl like me. They're the reason I now can make paska!

Anonymous said...

Looks great, Jamie. My mouth is watering. I'm sure that Dad will accept that in place of pie.
Mom T

Anonymous said...

I love platz, but I haven't really had it since my childhood. I think I should revive this recipe in our home too. Thanks for sharing Jamie!
Rachel B.

Anonymous said...

I am very impressed Jamie, I don,t think I ever have made it. Will definitely try this recipe. Love the post!
Mom

Erica B said...

If a person could survive on platz alone, I'd so do it. DELISH!! This made me want some real bad... looks good!!

Trev and Rebekah said...

I grew up on apple platz