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My Oma's Pflaumenkuchen (Plum cookie-cake)

(Amy Loewenthal's Recipe)

8 September 2002
2 Tishrei 5763

My Oma (German for Grandma) is a strong, gracious, witty woman who turned 99 years old this June. Fleeing Germany in 1936, she settled in Washington Heights (NYC), and remained there for 65 years. Oma rode the subway until her late 80's. Two years ago she moved to an assisted living residence in New Jersey. She has been a very important role model for me. Faced with a problem, I often think about how Oma would deal with it.

Here is her Rosh HaShanah recipe for Pflaumenkuchen:




  • lb. Softened butter (1 stick)

  • 1 c flour (use more if necessary)

  • 4 T sugar

  • 2 T water or oil


  • Put dough ingredients in bowl, knead, roll into a ball.
  • Spread evenly in pie pan.
  • Top with overlapped fruit.



  • 2 lbs. sliced Italian plums (prunes)
  • [can use peaches or skinned apples instead]


  • Top dough with overlapped fruit.
  • Sprinkle with a little sugar.
  • Bake at 350 for 45 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Serve with whipped cream.

Chatima Tova and a Sweet New Year!

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