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Old 08-06-2013, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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I can't find italian plums to make my mother's German excellent plum streusel cake. The "normal" plums are simply too juicy. Has anyone seen them? Harris Teeter has had them in years past, but so far not this year.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:35 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Nope - didn't know to look for German plums.

You know you can't start a post like this without sharing the darn recipe, Ex-Burgher!!!!!

I hope someone knows where to find the plums . . .
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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recipe will follow.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:37 AM
 
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The recipe is almost exactly like this one. I see one can use "Damson" plums which look similar but I have not heard of them.
Streusel Damson Plum Cake / Zwetschgendatschi
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:15 PM
 
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The recipe is almost exactly like this one. I see one can use "Damson" plums which look similar but I have not heard of them.
Streusel Damson Plum Cake / Zwetschgendatschi
Okay, the Damson plums are the ones I am most familiar with! My German grandmother grew them!!! When I was a kid, I didn't understand that they were plums - everyone in the family simply referred to them as "Damsons." Took a while for me to figure out that they are a variety of plums, lol

Thank you so much for the recipe - this reminds me very much of what my grandmother used to make and no one in the family seems to have a copy of the recipe.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw
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I have an easier time finding plums in the spring, you may be a little late in the season. That said, have you tried the usual suspects for more interesting finds-Trader Joe's, Fresh Market, Earthfare, or WholeFoods? I have seen those here before. I've seen them at farmers mkts here too. I noticed them b/c they're also often called Italian plums which reminds me of my mom eating them when I was a kid.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw
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So I'm perusing the most popular German cookbook from the 1800's which has been reprinted 62 times & in it I just came across a recipe for a plum cake which sounds similar but instead uses bread crumbs/cinnamon etc instead of streusel. If either of you wants the recipe lemme know soon. The book is actually a gift for a friend & I have to wrap it!
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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op--- I have seen and purchased italian plums recently from both Super Gmart and Costco. Costco sold a 4-5 pound bunch!
also have not heard of the "damson" plum. I've learned something new.
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