Plum Rolls Recipe (Zwetschgenschnecken)

The theme for our latest dinner club was German food. I wanted to make an authentic German dessert. Of course, my first thought was German chocolate cake. But I thought it would be too expected and wanted to find something else. I headed over to Allrecipes.com to find something tasty. I’m not sure how authentic these are, but they sure tasted great.

I’ve actually never had plums before so I didn’t know what to expect. I would say that if a peach and a cherry had a baby, it would be a plum.

The dough for the plum rolls is a cream cheese based dough (similar to the dough used here), which I’m a big fan of! I actually made the rolls at my house but baked them at the dinner club. We always watch a movie, so the rolls baked while we were watching the movie and then I served them hot with ice cream on top. Everyone ate these right up! The almonds add a great flavor and texture combination

German Plum Rolls (Zwetschgenschnecken) – from Allrecipes.com
1 cup chopped almonds
1 1/3 cups cream cheese – I used Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese
1/2 cup milk – I used soymilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 pinch salt
5/8 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup baking powder
7/8 cup plum butter – you can find this near the preserves at your grocery store
1 3/4 pounds plums, pitted and diced
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 10-inch springform pan.

Place a skillet over medium-high heat. Toast the almonds in the hot skillet until they turn brown; set aside to cool.

Combine the cream cheese, milk, oil, salt, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Mix in the flour and baking powder; knead together until smooth. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, and roll the dough into a 20-inch square. Spread the plum butter, plums, and toasted almonds over the dough. Roll the dough up tightly like a jelly roll. Cut into 12 even slices. Arrange rolls in prepared pan. Brush butter over top of the rolls.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 40 to 55 minutes.

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10 Responses to “Strawberry Shortcake Cake”

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    Kate — June 28, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Ahhh. Tougas Farm is my FAVORITE PLACE!!! I have some family members who work there.

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    nutmegnanny — June 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    That farm looks awesome! I have never been strawberry picking either. I really should!

    This cake looks great too. What a nice hubby to make you such a delicious cake 🙂

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    Ashley — June 28, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Oh my, this looks so delicious! I might need to request this for my birthday cake next year, I always ask for strawberry cake. 🙂

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    Karin — June 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Yum!

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    Memória — June 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try out this cake, but I just don’t like the addition of sour cream. I may have to get over my dislike of the sour stuff and make this. It looks great!

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    Jen — June 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    We subbed greek yogurt for the sour cream in case that sounds better to you.

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    Cara — June 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I think C should give B a strong hint about birthday cake baking 😉

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — June 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    The cake looks fantastic!!! I have never been strawberry picking, I’m sure my kids would love it though. We go apple picking every fall though.

    Funny, I just “found” your blog looking through a bunch of old recipes that I bookmarked in a file like a year ago. I had your Samoas Bars bookmarked to make and I forgot about them. I still want to make them!!!

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    Storibook Designs — July 4, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I live about 10 minutes from Tougas Farms… great place. Lots of great farmstands in this area actually!

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    Ingrid — September 4, 2010 at 2:54 am

    How nice of him! It does look good.
    ~ingrid

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