Martha Bakes: One-Bowl Desserts Episode - PBS Food

Martha Bakes: One-Bowl Desserts Episode

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With Martha Bakes, discover Martha Stewart’s tips and techniques to create delectable baked goods. Be sure to check your local listings to see when the program will be airing in your area.


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Want to bake but don’t want to create a mess in the kitchen? Look no further than Martha’s four impressively simple one-bowl desserts: starting with brown-butter coconut cashew blondies and then…skillet baked plum cake. You’ll love the single-serving size fudgy brownie sundaes so simple; they are a must have in every baker’s repertoire. And for a savory twist, Scottish oatcakes, best served with cheese or jam.

This Week’s Recipe

Plum Skillet Cake



  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ pounds plums, halved, pitted, and sliced ¼-inch thick
  • Whipped cream, creme fraiche, or ice cream, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a 12-inch enameled cast-iron skillet or ovenproof baking dish, in the oven, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Remove skillet from oven and add melted butter to flour mixture; stir to combine. Add milk and vanilla extract; mix until well combined. Pour mixture into skillet and add plums evenly over the top, leaving a 1-inch border.
  4. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until top is golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the batter comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool slightly on a on a wire rack. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature with whipped cream, creme fraiche, or ice cream.

Yield: 8 servings


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