Blue prunes (Italian plum, damson, any right?) in Germany called Zwetschgen or Pflaumen, are not easy to get in the midwest. So I was quite happy as I found some at our nearby grocery store. I haven’t eaten a prune cake since two years and it is one of my favorites. Can you imagine how excited I was?
When I was a kid I spend many summers sitting on a prune tree and eating prunes until my stomach hurt. You can say I grew up on a prune tree. Wipe away any thoughts about apes… The rest of the time I spend on roller skates and I am still good in skating. After school and homework had been done, I took my bike and drove the street up and down and knocked on every friends doors or we met at the playground. This was the best place ever, two huge prune trees, a place to play table tennis, a great playground and lot of lawn to play soccer.
A few weeks ago as I visited my family in my old hometown, I drove by to look at my old playground and was happy to see everything was in good condition and the trees were bigger as expected. But than I wondered where are all the children? Times had changed. Today kids make play dates, join sport teams, learn an instrument or just sit in front of the TV or PC or both. Maybe you can say more civilized if I remember how many times my friend next door had to take his cloths off in front of the door otherwise his mum won’t had let him in.
But back to the great cake. If you don’t have prunes on hand try it with apples. And don’t miss this great streusel, you can make them on muffins or any other cake. Marzipan is available in many grocery stores but can also be homemade. Start with the streusel, they may need some time for cooling and getting firm.
prune cake with marzipan streusel
baking sheet approx. 15 x 10 inch
1,5 kg / 3 1/3 lb. prunes (also called damson)
you need for the streusel
200 g / 7.1 oz. marzipan (Rohmasse)
3 tablespoon all purpose flour
a pinch of cinnamon
For softening put the marzipan into a midsize bowl and heat in the microwave for 15 seconds. Add the flour and cinnamon and knead with your hands until mixed well. Let cool in the fridge OR just set aside and form the streusel with your hands later. If your dough is easy to crumble you should go for the second method.
you need for the yeast dough
200 ml / 3/4 cup + 2 teaspoon milk
75 g / 1/3 cup or 5 tablespoon butter
370 g / 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 egg at room temperature
70 g / 1/3 cup sugar
3 teaspoon dry yeast
1 tablespoon Amaretto
Heat the milk and let the butter melt in the microwave and let cool until lukewarm.
Put everything in a large mixing bowl and knead with your hands or use a dough hook and a hand mixer. Cover with a damp kitchen towel and let stand for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile wash the prunes, slice in half and remove the stone. Grease the backing sheet and preheat the oven to 190 C / 375 F.
Roll out the dough on a clean and dry surface. You may need some flour to prevent the dough from sticking. Place the dough on the baking sheet and cover with the prunes the cut side facing up.
Cover with streusel. If you kept them in the fridge, grate them with a box grater.
Let rise for 10 minutes and bake for 25 to 30 minutes