Old Parkdale Inn

A Hood River Valley Bed and Breakfast


September 27, 2020

Italian Prune Plum Squares

By: Mary Pellegrini

Italian Prune Plum Squares

Found another use for our bumper crop of Blue Italian Prune Plums and it's a keeper


1/2 cup unsalted butter , cut into pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt


1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds
15 small prune plums , (12 to 13 oz.)


~ Preheat oven to 400F.
~ Line an 8-in square pan with parchment paper.
~ Combine butter, flour, sugar and salt in a bowl, and use your fingers or a pastry cutter to work mixture until butter is the size of small peas and dry ingredients have been absorbed. Sprinkle into prepared pan and press down with your fingers to make an even layer. Bake for 18 to 20 min or until crust is lightly golden. Turn oven down to 350F.
~ Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter in a bowl and work with your fingers until it has come together in a crumbly mixture. Add almonds.
~ Cut prune plums in half lengthwise and remove pits. Place plums on the crust in neat rows, alternating cut side up and down, and sprinkle almond mixture over the top.
~ Bake for 55 min or until plum juices are bubbling and syrupy.
~ Cool and cut into squares.

Reserve your stay now

Let us be home base for exploring and enjoying the Hood River Valley and Mt Hood National Forest.  After a full day, you’ll love the peace and tranquility of the Old Parkdale Inn.  Relax in the gardens, perhaps with a glass of wine from a bottle you picked up at a local winery or our wine cabinet.  We can even have a bonfire, roast some s’mores, if you’d like. 

Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, snow boarding, and hiking await.  Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas are only a short drive away, as is the vast Mt. Hood National Forest where trails and wildlife abound.  We partner with Timberline Ski Areas allowing us to offer discounted lift vouchers to our guests.  Stay at the Inn and take advantage of our partnership with Wet Planet Whitewater to receive $10 your raft adventure.

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