My father is an MBA. My mother is an MBA. My brother is a wannabe film editor. My sister is a wannabe lawyer. My other brother is a wannabe boat driver. I am a wannabe doctor. Which of these does not belong?
My family will not allow me to talk at the dinner table. They tell me my conversation is “medical potty talk.” I’m not allowed to mention what I’m learning in class, what I practiced in clinic, what I saw in the OR or what I did in the ED. I’m definitely not allowed to give the specifics of diseases or even hint at the word blood. However, my mother asked me to make plum cake today, and, boy oh boy, did I have fun with the medical potty talk then. “DAD! These plums are bleeding! I am stabbing them to death! Ahahahaha!”
Adapted from Martha Stewart.
Makes one 9″ round cake. Allow 45 minutes.
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup cream*
1/4 cup canola oil
1) Preheat oven to 400. While the oven is preheating, put the butter in your cake pan and melt it. Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of sugar evenly over the melted butter.
2) Stir together your dry ingredients, then mix in your wet ones. The dough will be quite stiff.
3) Slice the plums in half, then into 6-8 slices per half. Arrange them over the butter and sugar in the bottom of your pan.
4) Drop the cake batter onto the plums by spoonfuls, then smooth it out.**
5) Bake for thirty minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the batter comes out with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it.
6) Cool on a rack for ten minutes, then turn out onto a plate.
*You can also use milk, but cream gives the cake a more delicate crumb.
**You can also scrape this out and smooth pieces of dough with your fingers. If you wet your fingers, you’ll be able to smooth the dough out easily without it sticking.