I don't know why people turn their noses up at prunes. They're really just dried plums - kinda like a ginormous raisin. My Mom used to always make this when I was a kid. I only made it once before, and that was a complete disaster! Not the case this time - phew! We had company last week, so I wanted to have something on hand for snacking, or for a breakfast bite if everyone started getting up in stages. It sure did the trick.
3/4 c butter, softened
1 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 c sour cream
3 c flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
3/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
3/4 c each apricots/prunes
1/2 c light brown sugar
2 T butter, softened
2 T flour
1 t cinnamon
2 T confectioner's sugar
Cream the butter and sugar well, then add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla and sour cream.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, then add to the butter mixture, a little at a time. Beat for 1".
Chop your fruit into pieces and stir into the batter.
For the streusel, in a small bowl, use a fork to mash together the brown sugar, butter, flour, and cinnamon.
Spray a bundt pan with PAM Baking, then spoon in a layer of batter, top that with streusel, and repeat, ending with batter on top. Bake at 325 for 55-60", until toothpick comes out clean.
Let it cool in the pan, then invert onto a serving platter and sprinkle with powdered sugar. It was sooooo humid out the day I made it, I was afraid to add the sugar.
For anyone interested in my disastrous first attempt at making this, it was way back in the mid 80s, when I was in high school or college and spending my summers working at a friend's T-Shirt store on Cape Cod. One of the stores was in a courtyard at the end of Main Street in Hyannis, so I got to be friendly with the people in the other shops. There was one family in particular. The Mom and daughter had a clothing boutique across from us, and the son had an art/silk flower studio at the end of the row. The daughter, Raquel, is the one I got a killer pesto recipe from (sadly lost over the years). The brother, Bruce, was a fabulous artist! He was commissioned to make a huge silk flower arrangement as a birthday gift for Rose Kennedy once. I went with him to deliver it and got to peek in the house.
For some reason, Raquel came over my house one day to make this, and we immediately started off on the wrong foot. The butter was rock solid, so we decided to pop it in the oven for a minute while we were preheating ... it dripped and caught fire!! As if that wasn't bad enough, we had made sure to pick up apricots and prunes, but assumed we had everything else we would need at the house. Nope. We had to leave in the middle to go to the grocery store for something. When it finally came out of the oven, it weighed about 6,000 pounds. I knew without even cutting it that it had turned out awful, so I wanted nothing to do with it. She insisted on taking it home with her, so I joked about making her sign a release of liability in the event that anyone in her family died in their sleep that night from having eaten it.
The next day, I was at work and heard a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday coming from across the courtyard. My eyes bulged open at the thought that crossed my mind, and I bolted out the door ... just in time to see her brother blow out the candles on the cake, powdered sugar and all!! You would think between all the people in there at the time, it would have occurred to someone that wasn't a good idea. LOL I guess it was a case of - since they never had it, they didn't have any particular expectation - because everyone thought it was just great. I stayed a good 10 feet away at all times. ;)