Alright, everybody calm down and ask yourself, when was the last time you actually ate a prune? I bet there is a good chance you can't remember. Maybe you've never even tried them. Let's set aside all of the negative connotations that might initially come to mind when you think of prunes. I'll focus on the delicious joy that is Spiced Prune Coffee Cake instead. Ooh, while we are at it, try these nutritious and delicious Prune Almond Energy Balls for a power boost!
What exactly is a prune?
You like plums, right?
Prunes are just dried plums!
I too snubbed prunes for years. Recently, when my friends in food, California Grown sent me some snacking bags of California Prunes, I added them to this gorgeous Cinnamon Raisin Honey Butter Board and found myself loading my plate with prunes! They paired so perfectly with the creamy butter and fresh ingredients. Prunes also make for a solid and naturally sweet base in these delicious and healthy Prune Almond Energy Balls.
This opportunity to partner with California Prunes got me thinking up all kinds of prune-inspired recipes. This led to a whole new world of plump prunes making an appearance in my kitchen. Then eventually, this warm and comforting Spiced Prune Coffee Cake.
California grown prunes are naturally nutritious and surprisingly versatile
You can eat prunes straight from the bag as a naturally sweet and healthy snack, but there is so much more you can do. They can go savory like these Prosciutto Wrapped Prunes from G-Free Foodie, or you can blend them into a prune puree and bake them into recipes like this Spiced Prune Coffee Cake. Prunes do it all!
Making prune puree filling
California is an ideal habitat for growing prunes, with its lush valleys and nutrient rich soils fed by ancient rivers and endless sunshine.
If I come back in another life, I want to come back as a California Prune. With all of that goodness going into growing prunes, you better believe there are benefits to enjoying this healthy dried fruit. In addition the well-known fiber-associated side of prunes, there are many more reasons to consider incorporating them into your diet and your baking.
Prunes are packed with health benefits
- Good for the gut - Soluble and insoluble fiber in prunes help maintain good digestive health.
- Ample antioxidants - Polyphenols in prunes act as antioxidants.
- Sugar low - Prunes are low on the glycemic index and contain no added sugar, so they are a great natural sweetener!
- Bones about it - Boron, potassium, and Vitamin K in prunes help support bone health!
I'm not trying to tell you that this Spiced Prune Coffee Cake is healthy by any means. However, it incorporates prunes in a way that feels decadent while still bringing the benefits of the dried fruit. I pulverized the prunes into a puree along with apple cider and spices. Eventually, this becomes the filling that wraps through the center of the prune cake in a ribbon of spiced, jammy flavor.
4 simple components of prune coffee cake
Each plays a role in the overall goodness
Spiced Prune Puree
I made the prune filling with a simple mix of prunes pureed with spiced apple cider, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. This easy puree filling gives the Spiced Prune Coffee Cake an elegant ribbon of spiced warmth that winds its way through the middle of the cake.
2 layers of tangy and tender sour cream and spiced apple cider-infused cake surround the filling in a warm hug, giving the prune puree a cozy snug of support.
Texture always makes things more interesting, so I topped this coffee cake with an extra crumbly layer of crunchy crumble. I made it with chopped walnuts and loads of warm spice for ultimate comfort control.
Icing on the Cake
For a fancy finish, I drizzled the Spiced Prune Coffee Cake with a soft and simple icing that blends the spiced apple cider with powdered sugar.
How to make the crumble topping
Coffee cake has layers, that's just who it is! Whereas it seems like a lot of components, but I promise you, this Spiced Prune Coffee Cake recipe is easy. You only need a blender or food processor to whip up the Prune Puree Filling. The cake, crumble and icing all mix up quickly in mixing bowls. It's a great big, simple, warm and comforting cake that just begs to be baked for the holidays.
Making coffee cake batter
Lining the cake pan
There is a fig newton/cinnamon roll quality that happens in this Spiced Prune Coffee Cake. The combo of the tender, slightly tangy cake combined with the jammy spiced warmth of the prune filling plays so well. Top it off with a crumbly, crunchy topping and a drizzle of icing and this baby has it all.
Assembling the Spiced Prune Coffee Cake
This recipe is one you'll want around for a long weekend; a kind of cake you can enjoy for breakfast, dessert and everything in between. Making the Spiced Prune Coffee Cake recipe before family or friends arrive for the holidays is a solid pre-made breakfast move. Bake it, set it out, and let people snack on the coffee cake all morning until the main dinner event. An easy bake to feed a crowd.
Icing the coffee cake
I hope this Spiced Prune Coffee Cake recipe will encourage you to rethink prunes. It's fun to reorient our perceptions of certain foods and experience new things. Taking a classic coffee cake and giving it a new yet familiar spin is a good example of just that. Find a new comfort by trying this comforting Spiced Prune Coffee Cake.
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