Fresh plums star in this delicious cake. Paired together with crunchy almonds and a hint of orange, the flavor is very refreshing and summery. Last time I made it, I gave most of it away because I kept “straightening” out the pieces and snipping the corners just one more time….
Almond Custard Plum Bars
- Cooking and Prep: 55 m
- Serves: 16
Make the Plum Bars
Yields 1 9x13-inch pan.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). In the bowl of a mixer, combine the crust ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a greased 9x13-inch baking dish. (This can also be done in an 8x12-inch pan for higher bars or a 10x15-inch for lower ones.) Bake for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare filling. Beat eggs and sugar until thick and lemon colored, about five minutes. Stir in flour, almonds, orange zest, and baking powder.
When crust is finished baking, arrange plums in an even layer over it. Pour custard mixture over plums.
Combine sugar, flour, and oil for topping and sprinkle over filling. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Return to oven and bake an additional 10–15 minutes.
If you prefer a drier, more cake-like texture in the filling, use a full 2/3 cup flour.