California Prune and Squash Gingerbread

Makes: 6-8Prep Time: 20 minutesCook Time: 40-45 minutes


  • 250g diced butternut squash (cooked in microwave)
  • 50g black treacle
  • 125g golden syrup
  • 125g light soft brown sugar
  • 100ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 100g butter
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 150g chopped California Prunes


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Place the cooked squash, golden syrup, brown sugar and milk into a pan and melt gently on a medium heat.
  3. As the ingredients start to melt, add the chopped California Prunes.
  4. Carefully mash the ingredients until the squash is broken down into small pieces.
  5. Leave to cool slightly whilst you mix the dry ingredients.
  6. Sieve the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl.
  7. Add the butter and rub into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs, then add the beaten eggs.
  8. Pour the squash mixture into the dry ingredients and fold together until all the flour has been mixed in.
  9. Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.


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.