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yesterday:
many colors of fabric triangles
today:
triangles sewn into squares and laid out to make concentric light and dark diamonds
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chair back

plum cake

Sep. 9th, 2012 06:05 pm
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I've had a handful of requests for this recipe recently, so I'm posting it here where I can link to it.

PLUM CAKE

[I usually double the recipe and use a 9x13 pan. Also, I've gotten good results using other kinds of fruit: peaches, blueberries, apples.]

1 egg
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons melted butter
15-18 Italian blue plums (also called "prune plums")
cinnamon-sugar mixture
plum halves lying face-down on paper towel
Cut the plums in half and lay them face-down on paper towels to soak up some of their juice. Butter and flour a 9x9 baking dish. Preheat oven to 375.
In a medium bowl, beat the egg and add the sugar.
Mix the baking powder into the flour.
Alternate between adding the flour mixture and the milk to the bowl.
Add vanilla and butter.
Pour the batter into the pan.
plum halves standing up in batter
Set the plum halves into the batter on edge, so they stand up in tightly packed rows. The batter will rise up around them as it bakes.
Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on top.
Bake for a while (here the original recipe says 30-40 minutes, but I've needed 50-60 minutes, so who knows?) until it looks like it's not raw in the middle.
finished cake
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a quilt made of lots of pink and blue triangles
I did some volunteer work for Beloved Quilts over the summer, making quilts to donate to homeless shelters, and this is the back of the most recent one I finished. The triangles were someone's unfinished quilt project that had been donated to the Nave Gallery for their crafters' yardsale, and the front of the quilt was made by a volunteer at a previous quilting event -- so three different people worked on this particular quilt.

If you're interested in making Beloved quilts, there should be a quilting day coming up in September -- no sewing experience necessary! Comment here and I'll send you the info as soon as I know when and where the event will be. If you're not Boston-local, you can still make Beloved quilts to donate wherever you are.

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