passover week 2022 - passover plum and walnut cake


When I finally made the Ottolenghi Apricot walnut and lavender cake last year, I noticed it contained very little flour. I figured I could easily adapt the recipe for Passover, so when plums were in season I froze a dozen because I wanted to make a plum version of the cake. It would be just as easy to make this cake gluten free.



I figured the plums would overpower the delicate flavour of lavender so I left it out. Instead of flour I used my Passover mix, which is equal quantities of superfine matzo meal mixed with potato or tapioca starch.

Plums are much juicier than apricots so the finished cake is very moist but also very delicious. Rather than icing the cake I decided to glaze the plums. I used a lemon drizzle to do this but thinned apricot jam brushed over the top would work just as well.

Here's the recipe for you which makes a 17cm cake. If you'd like to make a larger cake please refer to the original recipe for quantities. For all my recipes I use a 250 ml cup, a 20 ml tablespoon, unsalted butter and 60 g eggs. My oven is a conventional oven so if you have a fan-forced oven you may need to reduce the temperature by 20°C.
Passover plum and walnut cake – adapted from Plenty More Cookbook 
90g unsalted butter, at room temperature 
2 tsp olive oil 
120g caster sugar, reserve 1 tbs 
60g almond meal 
the seeds of ½ a vanilla bean 
1 tsp grated lemon rind 
2 large eggs, whisked 
60g walnuts, freshly blitzed in a food processor to a coarse powder 
45g Passover mix (equal quantities superfine matzo meal and potato starch) sifted 
Pinch salt 
400g pitted plums, quartered 
1-2 tbs Apricot jam warmed or lemon drizzle
Lemon drizzle (optional) 
1 tbs caster sugar 
1 tbs water 
1 tbs lemon juice 
Preheat the oven to 190ºC, conventional. Grease and line the base and sides of a 17-cm cake pan with baking paper.

Place the butter, oil, sugar, almond meal, vanilla seeds and lemon rind in a stand mixer and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 7 minutes. Add the eggs in small additions and continue to beat until well incorporated then fold in the ground walnuts, the Passover mix and salt.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and use an offset spatula to smooth the top. Arrange the plum quarters slightly overlapping all over the top of the cake, taking them right to the edge. Sprinkle over the reserved sugar.

Bake for 70-80 minutes – cover with foil if the top starts to brown too much; also, note that when you insert a skewer to test for doneness, it will come out a little sticky because of all the moisture in the apricots.

While the cake is in the oven prepare the drizzle if using. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, dab the drizzle or warmed jam over the top of the cake then leave the cake to cool before serving.

Plums are much juicier than apricots so the finished cake is very moist and almost pudding like in texture but also very delicious. 

See you all again tomorrow with the final recipe for Passover week 2022.

Bye for now,



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