The texture of this irresistible teabread is a mixture of crumbly ginger-spiced cake and a sticky, sweet prune purée that is rippled through it. The teabread keeps well – in fact, it improves after being stored for a day or two – and is a good choice for an energy-giving lunchbox sweet.
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*Simmer the prunes in apple juice rather than Earl Grey tea.
*For a quicker version of this teabread, chop the prunes into small chunks and, instead of cooking them in the tea, simply stir them into the cake mixture with the ginger pieces. As this teabread will be less moist, reduce the baking time to about 1 hour.
*To make peach and orange teabread, replace the prunes with ready-to-eat dried peaches and simmer them in orange juice rather than tea. Reduce the quantity of ginger to 50 g (1¾ oz) and add it all to the cake mixture with the finely grated zest of 1 orange.
*Prunes provide useful amounts of iron, potassium and vitamin B6. They are also a high fibre food, naturally low in sodium and virtually fat free. Independent of the dietary fibre content, prunes are known to have a laxative effect and can be helpful in treating constipation.
*Compared to other similar recipes, this teabread is a good choice for a healthy diet as it uses less sugar, due to the inclusion of naturally sweet prunes, and less fat.
Doesn't sound too tasty but I had all the ingredients so gave it a go. Used ground ginger. Really, really good, though a little on the dry side. Definitely needs a cuppa but I will make it again - 16 Aug 2015
Do we have to leave it 24 hours before slicing? Why is that?!?! - 03 Jul 2011