California Prune Cake recipe:
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 40 minutes
- 200g butter, chopped
- 1 cup (250ml) fresh milk ( i used low faw milk)
- 3/4 cup (150g) fine brown sugar
- 1 cup (145g) coarsely chopped pitted prunes
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups (225g) self-raising flour
- 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
- 2 eggs, beaten lightly
- Position oven shelves, preheat oven to 180'c/350'F. Grease a 20cm cake pan
- Combine butter, milk, sugar and prunes in large saucepan. Using wooden spoon, stir over heat until butter melts. Bring to a boil; remove from heat, stir in soda. Stand 10 minutes.
- Quickly stir in flour and eggs. Spoon mixture into prepared greased cake pan.
- Bake cake in 180'c for 35-40 minutes. Turn cake onto wire rack to cool.
Some facts about Prunes:
- A prune is any of various plum species.
- One of the largest and best-known prune producers is Sunsweet Growers, headquartered in Yuba City, CA, who control more than 2/3 of the prune market worldwide. In the United States, an effort to rebrand "prunes" as "dried plums" began in 2000, to appeal to a younger market who associated prunes with elderly people. However, only some varieties of plum are called prunes when fresh or dried; others have always been called "dried plums" when dried
- Prune juice is made by softening prunes through steaming and then putting them through a pulper to create a watery puree. Prunes and their "juice" contain the natural laxative dihydrophenylisatin (related to isatin). For fast results use heated prune juice. Prunes also contain dietary fiber (about 7%, or 0.07 g per gram of prune). Prunes and prune juice are thus common home remedies for constipation. Prunes also have a high antioxidant content.  In China, the popular summer drink suanmeitang, made with sour prunes, is sometimes thought to have positive effects on acidity in the body.