California Prune, Ginger and Green Tea Fruit Cake

Makes: 6-8Prep Time: 2-3 1/2 hours (or overnight)Cook Time: 90 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 250ml green tea
  • 250g California Prunes
  • 200g mixed dried fruit
  • 3tsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 lemons, zest
  • 50ml stem ginger syrup
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g stem ginger
  • 80g California Prunes purée
  • 1 egg
  • 450g self-raising flour

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak the dried fruit and chopped California Prunes in the warm green tea (leave the teabag in), along with the rosemary, lemon zest, ginger syrup and sugars, in a bowl covered loosely with clingfilm, overnight.
    NOTE: It’s best to soak overnight, but if you’re pushed for time, soak for 2-3 hours before you need them.
  2. Next day- Preheat your oven to 170°C /Gas 3,
  3. Chop the stem ginger up into small chunks and separate all the pieces with 1 tbsp of the flour.
  4. Remove the tea bag from the fruit mixture.
  5. Add the fruit, liquid and stem ginger to the flour and mix until all the ingredients are combined.
  6. Add the egg and California Prune purée to the mixture and mix in well.
  7. Line a 2lb and a 1lb loaf tin with parchment paper and fill it with the mixture until you have a 1cm gap at the top.
  8. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. After 1 hour, check and cover the top with foil or grease proof paper to prevent it from colouring too much.
  9. At the end of the cooking time, check the cake with a skewer: if it comes out clean, the loaves will be fully cooked.

Serving suggestion: slice thickly or thinly, and serve warm or cold, with or without butter, according to your preference

Helpful tip: In case you’re not too sure how to make California Prune purée, simply cover 100g California Prunes with hot water and leave to soak for approximately 30 minutes, then blitz in a blender until smooth. Add more water to get the consistency you like.

AUTHOR

Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

Peter is the UK Brand Ambassador for California Prunes Innovation Chef, Baker and Author, Peter works from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District National Park