Jamaican Style Ginger and Prune Loaf

Sweet, delicious and with reduced sugar – how can you possibly say no to this tasty loaf? This treat provides us with plenty of vitamins, and as such, is a perfect option for a chilly wintery day.

Makes: 4-6Prep Time: 10-15 minutesCook Time: 45 minutes


  • 175g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 75g black treacle
  • 75g California Prunes (chopped)
  • 75g dark brown sugar
  • 75g butter
  • 1 large egg beaten


1. Preheat the oven to 170°C
2. Sift the flour, bicarb and spices into a large bowl.
3. Measure the black treacle, California Prunes, sugar and butter into a
saucepan, heat and gently stir until thoroughly melted and blended (Don’t let it
come anywhere near the boil and don’t go off and leave it!)
4. Using a potato masher, squash the mixture and break up the California
5. Next add the syrup mixture to the flour and spices, beating vigorously with a
wooden spoon, and when the mixture is smooth, beat in the egg a little at a
time, followed by the milk.
6. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake on a lower shelf so that
the top of the tin is aligned with the centre of the oven for 45 minutes or until
it’s well-risen and firm to the touch.
7. Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before
turning out.


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.