I was inspired to try out this recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook. I also did a bit of research and found that Platz is an old world Ukrainian dessert which means “flat cake”. The cake is topped with a tart fruit such as blackberries, blueberries , apples , gooseberries or rhubarb.
This is a very simple recipe with typical pantry ingredients and you can use fresh or frozen fruits.
Blackberry Platz – from Mennonite Girls Can Cook
Ingredients for cake
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Crisco shortening
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Fruit to cover cake – fresh or frozen
Ingredients for topping :
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter – I used unsalted
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat over to 350 degrees farenheit. Beat together the eggs and sugar until creamy. Add Crisco and beat well. Add remaining ingredients and beat until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Dump the batter into a small greased cookie sheet. I covered the cookie sheet with heavy-duty foil with extra along sides going over the sides to fold under edge of pan and then greased well. Then once cake is done I can unfold the foil from edge and lift cake out in one piece for easy cutting and serving! The batter is very thick so you have to work to get it spread out evenly. Top the batter with the fruit of choice, I used a large bag of frozen blackberries.
To make crumble topping, stir together flour and sugar. Cut in butter until it becomes small crumbly pieces. Sprinkle with vanilla and toss with hands, then immediately sprinkle over the fruit.
Bake in 350 degree over for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Mine took 40 minutes.
This cake is best served warm or within a few hours from baking. It is good the next day, just not as moist.
Verdict: This is a very good cake with the fruit providing the tart contrast to the crumb topping. The cake is not too sweet and is perfect with coffee and hot tea.