When we saw Allison Robicelli’s recipe for Rice Pudding Cheesecake Pie, we knew we had to give it a try. Her version was amazing, but missing a little something. Honestly, what good is rice pudding without a bit of cinnamon, vanilla, and dried fruit? Exactly. So we added a little spice and some California prunes, and created diner-inspired dessert perfection.

Think rice pudding cake sounds a little out there? Consider that the Italians have been serving up both savory and sweet versions of torta di riso – a cake made of rice and custard on a crust of crushed cookies or bread crumbs – for decades.

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Plain old cinnamon rolls can step aside. These fluffy buns are loaded with toasted pecans and chunks of California prune and topped with a glossy, buttery, sticky glaze for beyond-bakery flavor. This Incredible Pecan Sticky Bun recipe is definitely the way to take your breakfast-baking game to the next level.

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Chef Kate Ramos shared a version of this traditional holiday sweet that was loaded with California grown prunes and nuts in a cooking class, and we were hooked. Serve this homemade panforte as a treat by itself, or add it to a cheeseboard for a sweet option that pairs beautifully with cheese and fruit, wine or coffee. Since this panforte recipe is naturally gluten-free, it’s something everyone can enjoy.

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Customize this bubbly, refreshing cocktail with your choice of sparkling wine or sparkling water. Either way, this fun prune juice cocktail recipe from KC of G-Free Foodie is completely delicious. 
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