Friday, 19 September 2014

BAKED: Plum Loaf

am obsessed with this recipe - I've made two in less than 24 hours because it was that much of a hit with my family and I that it was devoured in record time.

This loaf is beautiful - so moist and flavoursome. I can tell it will definitely be a weekly bake. Perfect for an accompaniment with a cup of tea, a light lunch or just a cheeky little treat.

So simple to make, no butter (which I think is a big bonus and I'm a little intolerant) - let me tell you more...

You will need a 2lb baking tin, baking parchment (to line your tin) and the oven preheated to 180 (fan) 

For one loaf:
250g prunes (the dried kind)
225g self raising flour 
160ml apple juice
1 egg
1 tsp mixed spice 
150g soft brown sugar
1 tbsp Demerara sugar 

1. Roughly chop your prunes up into a bowl and pour over the apple juice - I did two bursts of 1 minute in the microwave - but you can also heat this in a pan on the hob.

2. Once the prunes/juice are heated, pour in your flour, mixed spice, soft brown sugar, egg and mix really well so everything is combined.

3. Once it's all mixed, spoon it into your lined loaf tin and sprinkle the Demerara sugar over the top. Pop it into the preheated oven for 35 minutes. Stick a cake tester through the middle after this time and if it comes out clean it's finito!

See what I mean? Ridiculously easy, minimal washing up and it takes incredible.

Slice and spread with a little bit'a Lurpax and serve up.

Also, little tip, after a few days (if it starts going a little dry) you can slice it and pop it in the toaster - this is what I do with my tea loaf and it still tastes great. The plum loaf hasn't really lasted long enough in reach of my family for it to get to the 'it needs toasting now' stage!

If you give it a try let me know in the comments below, on twitter or tag me on Instagram.


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