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Summer Plums with Minty Cardamom Dressing
Photo: Liz Rueven

Summer Plums with Minty Cardamom Dressing

When C. asked me if I would like her to bake her irresistible dark chocolate cake for dessert on a recent Shabbat we were hosting, I jumped at her offer. Then I wandered through my farmers’ market in CT  imagining which summer fruit would be a little unpredictable alongside a generous slice of her rich and decadent creation.

Strawberries? Too expected. Blackberries? Not enough color contrast next to chocolate on the plate.

CT Plums farmers market
Photo: Liz Rueven

When I found these sweet and vibrant plums at the Westport Farmers’ Market I knew I had hit the jackpot. Lean into savory with a bit of lemon, spices and herbs and you’ve got a great accompaniment to chocolate’s powerful flavor profile.

CT plums farmers market
Photo: Liz Rueven

With Rosh HaShanah arriving so early this year, we may still have these bright beauties in the market for the holiday. A spiced fruit salad with these plums would be a great match for honey cake, too.

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