California Prune Simnel Swirls

These light and sweet delights are perfect for sharing, with either family or friends! Unleash your inner ‘Bake Off’ skills and get ready to enjoy these Simnel Swirls.

Makes: 12Prep Time: 120 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes


  • 250g Marzipan
  • 150g Chopped California Prunes
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Orange zest
  • 2 tbsp Apricot jam
  • Brioche dough
  • 125ml milk
  • 11g instant yeast
  • 60g sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 475g Strong flour
  • 10g salt
  • 230g of cold butter, cut into chunks


1. Place all the brioche ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
2. Using your hand, mix until it forms a dough on your hands and it’s clean from the bowl.
3. Transfer the dough to a clean work surface and knead until you have a soft stretchy dough.
4. Return to the mixing bowl, cover, and leave to prove for 2 hours or until doubled in size.
5. On a clean worktop, tip the dough out and roll into a rectangle approximately 1/2cm thick.
6. Scatter the chopped California Prunes over the dough evenly, then add the orange zest, cinnamon and finally grate the marzipan over the top.
7. Roll the dough up away from yourself to create a Swiss roll, then cut into 2-3cm thick slices.
8. Place the swirls onto a non-stick baking tray, evenly spaced out.
9. Leave to prove and double in size, before baking in a pre-heated oven 180°C until golden brown.
10. Remove from the oven and brush with a little melted apricot jam for a tasty glaze.


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.