Fall is finally upon us! After one very long, hot summer, I can’t help but feel immense joy at the thought of the cozy sweater-wearing months ahead of us. I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t the case last year and the year before that, too, but somehow, each year the anticipation and excitement for the arrival of autumn hits me just as vividly as the last.
Unintentionally, but hopefully not unappreciated, this year I am celebrating the turning of the seasons through the sweet enjoyment of some of my favorite varietals. In last month’s post, we toasted adieu to the final days of summer with these Berry Frosé Popsicles, and it wasn’t until I sat down to edit the photos for this month’s fall-themed post that I realized — oh, more wine! But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little celebrating, is there? Especially when we’re already indulging in a sweet treat — and I assure you, this one’s not to be missed.
This month’s sweet treat features some of the season’s finest. While I felt like the plums in my local market never quite reached their peak for eating fresh this month, I couldn’t help but stock up on a few for my baking projects.
A little sugar and heat from the oven take slightly underripe fruit to delicious levels, and I was confident that in this case, with a little help from this sangria-inspired recipe, my plums would be the stars of the show.
This wine poached plum and almond cake starts with fresh, sliced plums, steeped in a mixture of wine, brown sugar, orange zest, and spices. Once the plums are slightly tender, they’re added to a fluffy cake batter that consists primarily of homemade almond meal, which adds a hearty crunch and texture, lending a fall-inspired, rustic feel.
It’s the kind of cake that’s perfect alongside a hot cup of tea and (if it’s cool enough in your parts) your fuzziest pair of socks. Here in Texas, I turned down the air conditioning and pretended the leaves were turning outside my living room window. In either scenario, it’s a simple yet delicious transitional dessert that highlights some of the last of summer’s produce in combination with warm fall flavors.