Californa Prunes Seeded Bread

Another must try, delicious bread recipe from Peter Sidwell

Makes: 1 loafPrep Time: 3-3 1/2 hoursCook Time: 30-40 minutes


  • 150g strong white flour
  • 350g rye flour
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 10g salt
  • 100g California Prunes
  • 375ml water
  • 150g flax seeds


  1. Mix the flours, salt and yeast together in a mixing bowl. Make sure the yeast and salt are on separate sides of the bowl before you mix it.
  2. Blend the California Prunes and water in a blender until you have achieved a purée consistency.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the flour, yeast and salt mix. Pour the purée into the well and mix together to create a ball of soft dough. If your dough is a little bit dry, add a splash of water.
  4. Transfer the dough onto a clean work surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is soft, smooth and stretchy.
  5. Place the dough back into the mixing bowl and cover with cling film. Leave to prove for 2 hours.
  6. When the dough has doubled in size, scoop out onto the work surface. Knead lightly for 5 minutes, then place the dough in a non-stick 2lb loaf tin and allow it to double in size.
  7. Just before baking, heavily coat the bread in the flax seeds, or seed mixture of your choice. Bake in a pre-heated fan oven at 200°C for 30-40 minutes.


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.