I remember as a kid, my grandmother always had prune juice in the fridge. So throughout my life, I always associated prune juice with old people. And also for… you know…when you need a little extra help. In 2001, the California Prune Board pressured the Food and Drug Administration to change the name of prunes to the more pleasant sounding dried plums. (Prune juice is still called prune juice because, well…dried plum juice?)
For some of us, a prune is still a prune. Except in Italy where it is called the more melodic sounding prugna, which is also the same word for plum. (See – you just learned two Italian words).
For our recent cookbook club “meeting”, the chosen book was Lidia Cooks From the Heart of Italy, by Lidia Bastianich. I’m a huge fan of Lidia’s as she’s one of the few who speaks to me as someone who cooks with authenticity and love. Reading any of her cookbooks or watching her on tv makes me feel like I’m sitting in the kitchen with her.
I honestly can’t tell you what caught my eye about this recipe, because there wasn’t an Instagram-like picture (in fact, there wasn’t a photo at all) and the title, Torta with Prunes, isn’t exactly inviting. Maybe the ingredient of “one cup of red wine” jumped out at me. Or perhaps it was Lidia’s vivid description of “golden, buttery cake.” Whatever it was, I’m so happy I baked this gem of a prune cake.
A warm piece of Torta alla Prugne in the morning with a cup of hot coffee and my day is off to a great start. Whether you decide to use prunes, dried plums or prugne in this well thought out recipe, the cake is a treat for breakfast, tea or a holiday brunch.
I’m not just enthusiastic about travel—I live travel, each and every day. From plotting out my clients’ next great escape, to logging airmiles on my own adventures (I always have a suitcase packed and at the ready!), travel drives me in everything I do.
I’ve learned a few things along the way, and I’d love to share them with you. Learn a bit more about my journey to founding my own travel agency—it involves quite a few glasses of Italian wine!
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