We’ve been having a busy first few days of 2018. I’ve been a bit tardy again this year with preparing & filing our tax returns so I wanted this week’s Cakes & Bakes to be quick and simple. This prune tea loaf is just the ticket!
Armagnac is the perfect pairing for prunes. However, if you prefer, you can swap this out for an equal quantity of freshly-brewed, strong black tea.
Serve warm, cut into thick slices, buttered generously accompanied by a cup of tea. After my little break, it’s back to doing the accounts!
- 200g/7oz prunes (Agen ones are best)
- 2-4 tbsp Armagnac
- 2 eggs
- 100g/3½oz brown soft sugar
- 250g/9oz self raising flour
- 75ml/2⅔fl oz milk
- Preheat the oven to 170ºC/325ºF/Gas mark 3
- Grease & line a 900g/2lb loaf tin
- De-stone and roughly chop the prunes and put them into a medium-sized mixing bowl
- Pour the Armagnac over the prunes - it should just about cover all the fruit
- Cover with cling flim/Saran wrap for about half an hour to allow the fruit to absorb the liquid
- In a measuring jug, lightly beat the eggs before adding them to the soaked prunes and any un-absorbed liquid
- Add the sugar and flour and combine well
- Mix in the milk to loosen the batter
- Spoon evenly into the lined loaf tin and sprinkle a little granulated sugar evenly over the top
- Bake for 45 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes away clean
- Leave the loaf in its tin to cool for 5 minutes before turning it out on to a wire rack
- The loaf will keep for a couple of weeks (if it lasts that long!) if wrapped in baking parchment and kept in an airtight container in a cool place