What happens when two food editors accidentally make the same recipe on the same day?
Yesterday, I spotted some prune plums at the market and snatched them up with plans to make the most famous plum cake on the internet (you've seen it in the New York Times, on Smitten Kitchen and The Kitchn, and on this site, too; you've heard about it on The Splendid Table).
I texted Ali: "Have u ever had Marian Burros' plum torte?"
She responded, almost immediately: "me Rn," with the following picture:
My response: "????"
And then: "What is that."
I knew what it was—and that it must be delicious (those puckering plum butts!)—but I was surprised: I had never seen Marian Burros' plum torte look quite like that before. And when I baked my own version later that day, it looked nothing like Ali's.
So what was different?
Ali and I compared our tortes to the pictures on Food52 and realized that neither came close to our reference point:
But then we looked in Genius Recipes, where the torte is also featured, and saw that that one looked different, too (so many fewer plums!):
You guessed it—Molly was baking the plum torte, too. We deemed this weekend "The Weekend of Marian Burros' Plum Torte," gave up on trying to figure out what made them all look so different, and just enjoyed.
Have you made Marian Burros' torte, too? What did yours look like? Tell us your experiences in the comments below, and share your plum torte photos by tagging them with #f52grams on Instagram.