Tuesday, August 11, 2009

DAY 10 - Plum Kuchen

(B) peanuts/ mozzarella stick/ decaf coffee
(S) V-8
(L) half avocado/ 2 T tuna/ green beans/ grape tomatoes/ lemon vinaigrette/ water
(S) sugar-free creamcicle/ water
(D) grilled lamb/ sauteed spinach & mushrooms/ cukes & tomatoes/ water

8:30 am - Gym Day: 45 mins Arc Trainer/ 434 calories burned It took me a while to get into the groove today. Regis & Kelly started 15 minutes after I got on the Arc Trainer...it helped.

OK, big experimental cooking today. We have a million plums from my parent's tree, so I have spent the last few days figuring out what I should do with the plums. I have frozen some plums and given some away. I still can't have fruit, since I am still on Phase I - South Beach Diet, so John & Tyler got to try everything and give their constructive criticism.

I made mini plum muffins with wheat germ. Still working on the muffin recipe. I also made Plum Kuchen. Thumbs Up!!! I got a recipe from Recipezaar. I've made another version before, but lost the recipe. Here's the original recipe. I used real vanilla bean in the custard, instead of vanilla extract.

Plum Kuchen Recipe #133277

1¼ hours 15 min prep
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 egg
2 cups pitted and sliced plums
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix flour, 1 tablespoon sugar and baking powder together.
Cut in butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs; add 2 tablespoons heavy cream and 1 egg.
Press in bottom of 9-inch square pan or pie pan and arrange plums on top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
While this is baking, in a bowl combine heavy cream, sugar, egg and vanilla, using a whisk to beat together well.
Pour mixture over plums and bake an additional 20-30 minutes, until custard is set.
Serve warm or cool.
Store in refrigerator.

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