Handy Pandy, Jack-a-dandy,
Loves plum cake and sugar candy.
He bought some at a grocer’s shop,
And out he came, hop, hop, hop!
A dandy, a beau or gallant one who places particular importance upon physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies, pursued with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of Self. More often called a coxcomb, fribble, popinjay (meaning “parrot”), fashion-monger, ninny and a Macaroni, in short narcissist. If we could translate these characters to today: who would they be?
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
5 large plums (about 1 1/4 pounds), pitted, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 9-inch-diameter springform pan. Whisk first 3 Ingredients: in small bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in 3/4 cup sugar. Add eggs 1 at a time, then lemon juice and lemon peel, beating until blended after each addition. Beat in flour mixture. Spread batter in prepared pan.
2. Press plum wedges halfway into the batter in concentric circles, spacing slightly apart. Mix remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. Sugar and cinnamon in small bowl; sprinkle over plums. Bake until the cake is browned on top and the tester, when inserted into the center, comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cut around cake; release pan sides. Serve cake warm or at room temperature.