Prune Almond Biscotti

Today we made Prune Almond Biscotti!

3 2/3C flour, 1C firmly packed, coarsely chopped prunes, 1C coarsely chopped almonds, 1/2t baking powder, 1T vanilla extract, 1/2t baking soda, 1/2t salt, 3/4C sugar, 1/2C butter, melted, 2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, mix sugar and eggs.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Add cooled butter.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Stir in vanilla extract. Blend well.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Stir in dry ingredients until a dough is formed.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Press in prunes and almonds.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Turn onto floured surface. Knead 2 minutes. Shape into 2 logs about 8″ long by 2″ wide. Place on greased cookie sheet 3″ apart.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Bake 30 minutes or until somewhat dried out. Cool 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 275F. Slice logs at a slant into 1″ wide wedges. Bake 20 minutes. Turn over and bake another 20 minutes or until crunchy. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from sheet.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Today we made Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes!

Crust: 1/2C butter, 1/3C brown sugar, 1 1/8C flour

Filling: 1 egg, 1/3C sugar, 6 oz cream cheese, 1/2C coarsely chopped prunes

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix crust ingredients.

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Press into greased 8-cup cake pan or muffin tin.

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Mix filling ingredients.

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Pour into baked crusts.

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Reduce oven heat to 300F. Bake 15-17 minutes longer or until set in center. Makes 5 cakes.

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Pear Prune Cake

Today I made Pear Prune Cake!

1 scant C flour, 1C sugar, 1 1/2t baking powder, 1/2t baking soda, 5T butter, melted, 4.25 oz pitted prunes, 1/4C water, 2 eggs, 1/4C milk, 2 pears, peeled, cored and chopped medium finely

Preheat oven to 375F. Cook prunes in water over medium heat until soft, about 10 minutes. Mash. Cool. Melt butter. Cool. Meanwhile, beat eggs with sugar until light colored. Add butter. Mix prunes with pears. In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. To the batter, add milk, alternating with dry ingredients, beginning and ending with dry. Mix in fruit until just blended. Turn into greased tube pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake comes out clean.