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Plăcintă cu prune
(Plum Pie)

Here's another Transylvanian recipe of my aunt's, plum pie.

Ingredients for the dough:
- 600 g/20 oz flour
- 100 g/3 oz lard or margarine
- 25-30 g/1 oz yeast
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- water

Ingredients for the filling:
- 1 kg/35 oz plums
- 3-4 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp cream of wheat

1. Make a dough out of the ingredients mentioned above. (Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water before adding it to the dough.) Knead it well with a fork until it stops sticking to the mixing bowl.

2. Prepare the plums by washing, pitting, and opening them in halves.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a sheet larger than the pan; place the sheet into the greased pan as shown in the photo, starting at one corner and straddling the margins of the pan. With your fingers, pull the dough to make sure it reaches each corner in the pan.

4. Place the open plums in the pan, and sprinkle them with sugar and cream of wheat. The cream of wheat is used to absorb some of the moisture in the fruit.

5. Fold the dough as shown to cover the plum filling. Pierce the dough with a fork several times in an even fashion.

>6. Bake at low heat for 40-50 minutes. To test doneness, pierce with a fork; if the dough doesn't stick to the fork, it's done.
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