Pluot Cake for New Year ~ Fruit Dessert Recipe

 

Ina Garten the Barefoot Contessa, Seattle, and a New Year Pluot Cake

 
About four years ago when I was making a critical decision of leaving my life in Dallas to attend theCulinary Institute of America, I got a call from my mom.  She told me a story about Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa who went from working at the White House to running a specialty food store.  "Are you telling me to follow my dreams, mom?" I asked, thinking she was using Ina as an inspiration.  She wasn't, she was just sharing.

Fast forward to my decision to attend the school and years of emotional, physical, and financial struggles, most of which have been overcome with hard work, support and a little bit of luck. 

My mom called me last week, informing me that Ina will be speaking at the Seattle's Benaroya Hall.  "Would you want to go?" she asked.  I bought two tickets and we went.  I haven't seen my mom so happy in a long time.

Ina's visit came in the middle of the Jewish New Year.  In honor of Ina and the New Year, I decided to bakeIna's Plum Cake "Tatin".  Unfortunately, the store was out of plums, so I bought a bag of pluots instead.  Pluots are a hybrid of plums and apricots.  If you haven't tasted one before, you're in for a treat!  I made quite a few changes to the original recipe and the family loved it!  The Pluot Cake was a perfect sweet ending to a New Year dinner.*

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