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(NEW POST) Welcome Fall Season With A Cake

Welcome September!

Yes, it is already this time of the year. The days are getting shorter since a little while but now the trees are slowly getting colorful. A few of the leaves already cover the streets and the wind has got this chilly note to it, which holds a promise that Winter is coming!

A lot of you, including myself,  might feel cheated as the summer wasnt a proper one this year. A few nice and hot weeks in May, a bit of sunny days in June or August but that wasnt hardly enough to get one into a summer feeling we all want to feel when the holidays arrive. Maybe some of you traveled into warmer destinations, maybe some of you made the best of the European Summer at home. Ignoring the rain and having fun with their Wellies on- rocking a picnic, a farmers market, BBQ or a Festival. It is definitely all about the attitude on how to take the weather. Dont let the cold, rainy,  foggy and snowy months coming up ruin your mood!  Just make the most of it as in everything not so fun.

I for myself was really surprised to turn over the Calender sheet, especially as I just returned home a few days ago from Crete  but then I was thinking…

Yes, it IS almost the season (Fall starts at September 21st ) where all the Apples, Pears, Plums, Pumpkins…are ripe and ready to use! Where all the hearty Stew’s and Bakes fill up the plates to make you feel warm again. You enjoying a hot cocoa whilst watching a TV show or reading a book. Having the heating on or a fireplace roaring. Slowly the joy came back and everything so negative turned out to be not that awful again.

Why not celebrate first Weekend of September with a CAKE I thought and went to the  little Fruit and Veggie Shop not far from where I work.  There I usually buy an already sliced fruit platter box for work  to snack on. This time I bought a pound of  Plums and headed home with the idea of turning this purple fruits into a wonderful cake.

As I always try to do something different I skipped the idea of yeast dough Cake and found this lovely  Plum Tart Recipe.  It is rather simple but I am sure you will love it as much as I do!

Here is all you need:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)

Pate Brisee (Pie Crust Pastry):

1 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) salt

1 tablespoon (14 grams) granulated white sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) (113 grams) unsalted butter, chilled, and cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces

1/8 to 1/4 cup (30 – 60 ml) ice water


1 pound (450 grams) prune plums

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar (or to taste)

1/8 teaspoon salt

As I am a fan of grounded cinnamon and think plums and cinnamon is a prefect combination I added a teaspoon of Cinnamon  to the filling. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla flavour and a tablespoon of Sandeman Sherry!
Bake for 40-50 minutes!
I love this Tart dough! It gets really crispy on the rim but is soft underneath the Plums. Please try a few Plums before using them to see how sweet they are so you might need more or less sugar as in the recipe.
I forgot to try one and mine was a bit sour but I added an extra scoop of sugar into the double cream before serving with the Tart and it was perfectly alright! 🙂
I wish you all a very good start into the season and don’t forget it’s all about your inner attitude!
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September walk

A Saturday in September. The Autumn is already here…the leafes are changing. Green turns into red, yellow, orange and brown. Not long until they die and cover the grass, the earth. The grass is moist and you can feel the winter coolness in the air.

Wrapped up in warm clothes we went out to have a walk at the Ohlsdorf Cemetery , which is really a special place here in Hamburg. A place I really love. It is a very unique atmosphere there, a calm and peacefulness, which is really comforting. The cemetery is a huge area and it is also “the world’s largest park cemetery”. You can see so much impressive graves and mausoleums amongst the most stunning nature. It is opened since 1877 and there are :

  • Twelve chapels
  • Three museums
  • Graves of soldiers from more than twenty nations
  • Inside the cemetery’s there is a 17 km road where traffic is permitted
  • It has magnificent trees and old rhododendron bushes
  • Sculptures of angels
  • Ponds

I love walking beside those Graves’ reading the epitaphs and imagine how those people were like as they lived. Which clothes they would have worn and if they were happy in their lives or not. If I could, I would ask them so many questions to see if life during all those years and centuries changed or if the essentials and every day problems stood stable and pretty much the same. I am amazed by all of those Angel Sculptures as they add something mystical& spiritual to this place of peace.

I am fascinated by all sorts of Cemeteries. I like the silence there and the fact that you can simply stay there for days  and you still would  have so many things to look at! I loved the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague and I cant wait to visit the Highgate Cemetery someday as it must be the most sensational place to be. Imagine all those people and all those stories about those people-famous or not!!! 🙂 Brilliant.

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