"Whenever my family sits at my table, it's a holiday."
1 1/2 cups fork-stirred all purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs 1/4 cup cold water
1lb (18-20 small) fresh prune-plums, quartered, and pitted
1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1/4-1/2 t each ground allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg
Stir together flour, baking powder, salt. Cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar, beat in eggs well.
Add flour mixture and water; stir only until dry ingredients are moistened. Spread over the bottom of a buttered 9" square cake pan.
Lightly press plums, skin side up in rows over batter. Sprinkle them with spiced sugar mixture. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean-about 40 minutes.