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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Plums, Crumbs and a Great New Cookbook!

Lucky for us all, Beth Linskey has a new cookbook, Cooking with Jams and Chutneys: Recipes from Beth’s Farm Kitchen. My wonderful husband gave me a copy, and I read it through twice on the same day.  Not only does it have recipes for making the actual jams and chutneys, but it provides many recipes for dishes you can cook using the products themselves.  Now I have only participated in one attempt to make jam in my life.  My dad took us strawberry picking and used the berries that made it home outside of our bellies to make strawberry jam.  There was an issue with the pectin, and it became strawberry sauce, which was fine on ice cream, but not so easy with toast.  So I was happy to pick up a jar or Beth’s Plum Jam, my very favorite, to try with her intriguing recipe for Aunt Gilda’s Plum Crumb Cake.

We have a group of friends who share dinner every Sunday.  We take turns cooking, and two weeks ago it was our turn.  James gets excited to make dinner, and I get excited about dessert.  To me, the cake part of crumb cake is kind of irrelevant – it’s all about the crumbs for me.  And Beth’s recipe is literally two layers of crumbs with a layer of plum jam in the middle.   Can I get an “Amen”?

At the risk of splattering my GF-1 with crumbs, I took some pictures of Aunt Gilda’s Plum Crumb Cake from start to delicious finish.  Want the recipe? Instructions are at the bottom of this posting!  🙂 [singlepic id=1008 w=480 h=360 float=center]

Start with fine ingredients, including organic flour from Cayuga Pure Organics [singlepic id=1007 w=480 h=360 float=center]

Butter makes everything better! [singlepic id=1006 w=480 h=360 float=center]

Making the crumbs – no cake required here. [singlepic id=1004 w=480 h=360 float=center]

Lovely chunks of tasty plums in Beth’s Farm Kitchen Plum Jam. [singlepic id=1010 w=480 h=360 float=center]

Top layer of crumbs. [singlepic id=1005 w=360 h=480 float=center]

Into the oven it goes! [singlepic id=1011 w=480 h=360 float=center]

Voila!  This gorgeous cake is topped with a mound of fresh blackberries and perched on my favorite cake plate by Daisy Dog Studio, which supports animal rescue organizations. [singlepic id=1009 w=480 h=360 float=center]

Trust me, there was not a single crumb left of on this plate!

BUY THE BOOK! You can purchase Cooking with Jams & Chutneys from Beth herself at the Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and you can purchase it on  If you would like to carry it in your shop, contact Beth’s Farm Kitchen directly at!

MAKE THIS CRUMB CAKE! Beth has generously shared the recipe for Aunt Gilda’s Plum Crumb Cake Recipe!  Please send me an email if you would like a copy!


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