At least one of your five a day, and vegan too – no eggs, no added sugar, no added fat, just yummy.
- 250g chopped prunes
- 300 ml water
- 85 g plain flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground mixed spice
- 85 g wholemeal plain flour
- 50 g ground almonds
- 400 g mixed dried fruits (currants, raisins, sultanas, apricots, cranberries, cherries – whatever you feel like)
- 100g chopped walnuts
- 80 ml orange juice
900g loaf tin
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C or gas mark 3.
Line a loaf tin with baking parchment. Chop the prunes (you can do this in a food processor) and put in a pan with the water. Bring to the boil, remove from the heat and set aside.
Sieve the plain flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a large bowl. Add the wholemeal flour, mixed fruit, walnuts and ground almonds. Stir to combine. Stir in the wet prune mixture and the orange juice and mix well, and spoon the mixture into the loaf tin. Get it into the oven as quick as you can – the baking powder gets activated by the liquid so you need to act fast to keep all the bubbles in the mixture to make it nice and light. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Turn onto a wire rack and cool before slicing.
This could be used as a vegan version of a celebration or Christmas cake – it’s quite dense, and will take marzipan and icing quite well as it doesn’t rise much. However it won’t keep as long as a traditional fruit cake.