Tuesday, November 11, 2008

PRUNE CAKE

When a fresh plum is dried its called a prune.Its sweet and moist and chewy on the inside.Prunes have a lot of health benefits.They contain dietery fiber and so are great remedies for constipation.They are high in antioxidant content.(source-wikipedia)

Its so good and contain no fat that i like to snack on them every now and then.There are various ways to cook with prunes-stewed prunes,prune pie,pune juice etc.But here lets talk about prune cake.
This is my post on Day11 of RM 2 .
(Recipe adapted from here ,slightly modified)

INGREDIENTS
All purpose flour - 2 cups
Brown sugar - 1-1/2 cups
baking soda - 1-1/4 tsp
salt, ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves - 1 tsp each
Vanilla essence - 1 1/2 tsp
prunes or plums - 1 cup cut
water - 1 cup
vegetable oil - 1/2 cup
Eggs - 3
Nuts - 1 cup chopped

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350 deg F.Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Mix well. In a bowl whisk together eggs and sugar until well combined.Add, water,vanilla and oil.Now slowly mix in the dry ingredients until just combined.Do not overmix.Stir in the prunes and nuts.Grease the pan with butter or non stick spray and pour the batter in it.Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. When cool, remove from pan.

Note:-You can see that in my cake the prunes are not distributed evenly.So inorder to evenly distribute it in the cake my cousin Roopa of my kitchen treats gave me a great tip ie to coat the fruits/prunes with half the amount of flour that is reqd for the cake ,so here 1 cup and then stir it in the cake.The cake can be stored in room temp for upto a week and it tastes better after 3-4 days.
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22 comments:

Roopa said...

Ranji, good going, Prune Cake looks too good, It looks moist and rich :)

Medhaa said...

Never had prune cake looks so moist and fluffy

raaji said...

Even we love prunes a lot.....we end up completing a pack in 3 days atmost...:)

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

hmm! it looks tempting....i've never worked with prunes/plums! gotta try now :-)

Suma Rajesh said...

never had prune cake...its just perfect..

Suma Rajesh said...

never had prune cake...its just perfect..

Divya Kudua said...

I have a bag of prunes lying around..should try making this cake..it looks so much like a fruit cake..great entry!!

kamala said...

So tempting ranji..A make to do in my list..Grt job

Madhavi said...

Cake looks divine, and delicious!!!Very nice recipe..

Madhu said...

Like the colour of the cake, Prunes are good fruit to use. I always shy away from baking.

Yasmeen said...

Yum! Prunes in cake look scrumptious:)

Curry Leaf said...

Yum Perfect cake.Absolutely delicious.

Bhawana said...

nice info abt prune, cake looks very tempting :). I wish I cud have had one piece which u showed :)

Cham said...

Love the color of ur cake and prune, I am ready Dear for a slice :)

Divya Vikram said...

That is too innovative..Looks similar to date cake Ranji..Healthy one!

Pearlsofeast said...

Ranji this cake looks awesome,prunes make the cake moist and I love the texture.
Hey u have got new look, It looks fantastic.

anudivya said...

That looks very appetizing and delicious. great work.

rekhas kitchen said...

wow that loks so flufy and tempting

Uma said...

prune cake looks so wonderful Ranji! new look of your blog is nice.

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Cake looks moist and delicious. Very tempting and mouth-watering.

lakshmi said...

that's such a beautifully cut piece of that cake ranji - i mean how well set is that cake - there's almost no crumbles on the plate (or did you clean for photo? - its holding up so well.

ranji said...

Thank u all for ur lovely comments.It was high time i realised my blog needed a new look.

lakshmi..i cut the piece of cake on a different plate and then transfered it to the serving plate u see in the pic.Thats why u dont see any crumbs :)