Adapted from: The New McCall’s Cookbook
1 ½ cups dried prunes – without pits
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 tablespoons melted shortening
In medium saucepan, combine prunes with 1 ½ cups water, bring to boiling. Reduce heat, and simmer, covered. 10 minutes.
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Sift flour with sugar, baking soda and salt; set aside.
Drain prunes, reserving liquid. Chop prunes or place in food processor and give a few good chops.
Add to reserved liquid, and measure. Add water if needed to make 2 cups.
In a large bowl combine egg and shortening: with electric mixer at medium speed, beat well. Add prune mixture: beat until well blended.
Add flour mixture: beat at low speed just until smooth. Turn into prepared pan.
Bake 50-60 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan: cool completely on rack. Wrap in plastic film or foil, and refrigerate overnight before slicing.
This is a delicious recipe from one of my mother’s old cookbooks. Aren’t those the best recipes, I think they are. This is perfect for breakfast with cream cheese and jam.