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A coffee cake that’s plum good

Plum Good Lemon Streusel Coffee Cake
Plum Good Lemon Streusel Coffee Cake

(NAPS) – Plum Good Lemon Streusel Coffeecake earned Alfred Lester, of Wilmington, N.C., $1,000 in the 6th Annual Kretschmer Wheat Germ “Easy & Delicious” Recipe Contest. His adaptation of a favorite family recipe placed first in the Muffins, Biscuits, Coffeecakes and Other Breads category.

The easy-to-make lemon-flavored cake is topped with sweet, juicy plums and a crunchy wheat germ and cinnamon streusel topping. Red plums have the prettiest color, but other varieties as well as nectarines taste equally delicious.

When asked why he’s such a big wheat germ fan, Lester said, “Wheat germ adds a nutrition boost to foods we enjoy eating, but most of all we love its nutty flavor.”

Plum Good Lemon Streusel Coffeecake

Makes 8 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Kretschmer wheat germ, any flavor
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 medium-size ripe plums pitted, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices (about 2 1/2 cups)

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan or 9 x 1 1/2-inch round cake pan. In large bowl, combine flour, wheat germ, sugar and cinnamon; mix well. With two knives, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in lemon juice and lemon peel. Reserve 1/2 cup for topping. To remaining mixture in bowl, add baking powder and baking soda; mix well. In small bowl, beat buttermilk and egg with fork until blended. Add to ingredients in large bowl; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not overmix.) Spoon batter into pan. Arrange plums decoratively over batter; sprinkle with reserved topping. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until cake is golden brown. Cool on wire rack. If using springform pan, carefully remove sides of pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information: (1/8 of recipe) Calories 350, Total Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 8g, Cholesterol 60mg, Sodium 250mg, Total Carbohydrates 52g, Fiber 2g, Protein 6g.

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Cynthia Lopinto

Cyn LoPinto, M.A. is a gerontologist focusing on significant issues affecting older adults and their families. Her areas of interest include lifestyle enrichment, family dynamics, and caregiver support. Cyn has worked in both the recreational and healthcare industries.

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