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Zwetschgendatschi or Zwetschgenkuchen, literally translated as "Plum Cake", is a dessert made of leavened dough or puff pastry, which is thinly spread on a baking sheet and halved with pitted prunes (a subspecies of the plum). It is known as a summer cake and is prepared in various regions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, usually referred to by their proper names.

In Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, it is known as "Quetschekuche", in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and parts of Austria as "Zwetschgendatschi", in Rhineland and Eifel, it is known by the name of "Prummetaat" or "Prommetaat". "Datschi" probably derives from the Upper and Middle German word "detschen" or "datschen", which can be translated as "push", considering that the plums are pressed into the dough, but in its original version the cake is served without plum crumble.

The Augsburg locals claim to having invented the plum and is considered a culinary delicacy in the city. It is made according to the original recipe of baking pastry, hence the city was nicknamed Datschiburg.

In Pfalz and Rheinhessen people eat the plum cake with potato soup or vegetable soup as part of a main dish for lunch; in Saarland, also bean soup with plum cake is a rather popular combination. In Bavaria this is only a dessert served at the end of a whole meal usually with a cup of tea, coffee or any other beverages.

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References

Augsburger Zwetschgendatschi, www.food-from-bavaria.de

Zwetschgendatschi, www.grouprecipes.com

Zwetschgenkuchen, de.wikipedia.org