California Prune & Wheaten Bread

Last week I was very lucky to cook with the legendary chef Rosemary Shrager in celebration of California Prunes! I am a prune lover, always have been, always will. However they sometimes get a bad image when really they are gorgeous, squidgy, sweet, melt in the mouth gooiness.

One of the recipes I made last week was California Prune and Wheaten Bread which is soooo easy to make I thought I would share it. It tastes amazing too!

California Prunes

I also made a really tasty Chicken Breast with California Prunes, Liver and Rosemary…oh my goodness, lip smacking tasty! I will definitely be making this again…plus I learned how to make my first chicken ballotine!  I was very lucky that my cooking companion was a proficient ballotine maker.

Ballotine of Chicken

This is not a quick recipe but well worth the effort, especially if you are entertaining. One of the many virtue of prunes is that they are extremely versatile…think about it, they can just about go with anything.

Chicken Breast with prunes, liver and rosemary

What I like about prunes is that they can be used as a natural replacement for some of the sugar in certain dishes such as cakes and desserts. They Rosemary Shragerare also a great source of fibre (need a little help in the toilet? Eat a prune or two and see the difference).

Research by the University of Liverpool has concluded that eating prunes as part of a weight loss programme can improve weight loss. If you fancy something sweet to get rid of a sugar craving try a prune…just don’t eat the bag because after all every prune was once a plum and you wouldn’t eat a bag of plums would you?

Prunes are also a great source of potassium, vitamin B6, copper, vitamin K and manganese all essential for a healthy body.

We finished the meal off with a California Prune and White Chocolate Panna Cotta.

Panna Cotta

California Prune Facts

Apparently the production process of Californian prunes is one of the most quality-focused in the world using the most sophisticated harvesting and drying techniques in the world. Harvesting takes about three weeks starting around mid-August.

California prunes are allowed to ripen on the tree before being picked.

Harvested prunes are washed in spring water and put into dehydration on the same day.

Recent research shows a potential link between prunes and bone health.

Pureeing prunes can provide a healthy substitute to replace up to 30% of refined sugars in baking recipes.

Three prunes are one portion of our ‘five a day’.

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California Prune and Wheaten Bread recipe

 

California Prune and Wheaten Bread
 
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Cuisine: Bread
Serves: 2 loaves

Ingredients
  • 360g wholemeal, stoneground, medium or coarse flour
  • 16 California Prunes chopped roughly, not too small
  • 120g Plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 heaped tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp bran
  • 1 tbsp wheat or oat germ
  • 60g sugar
  • 60g butter
  • 329ml-448ml buttermilk

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 220ºC
  2. Lightly grease two loaf tins (480g)
  3. Place the wholemeal flour in a bowl and sieve in the plain flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda
  4. Stir in the prunes, bran, germ and sugar and mix thoroughly
  5. Cut the butter into small cubes and rub into the mixture
  6. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in the buttermilk, mix quickly and gently to form a loose dough.
  7. Divide the mixture between the tins and sprinkle with wholemeal flour or bran to give a malty surface
  8. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 220ºC and then lower heat to 200ºC for a further 30-35 minutes.
  9. The bread should be well risen, brown and firm to touch

 Competition news

California Prunes have teamed up with  the Rosemary Shrager Cookery School to encourage people to cook healthy and indulgent recipes using prunes. The winner will win a bread making masterclass for two with Rosemary Shrager, including travel and overnight accommodation plus the chance to have their recipe published in an e-recipe book. Ten runners up will win a £100 supermarket voucher.

For more information head over to here where recipes can be entered.

Disclosure: This recipe belongs to Rosemary Shrager’s and California Prunes but I have permission to reproduce it.

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58 thoughts on “California Prune and Wheaten Bread

  1. I have awhole bag of prunes, now I know what to do with them , this bread looks delicious.

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 8:40 pm
    1. Perfect! I hope you like it 🙂

      Posted on February 5, 2015 at 8:22 am
  2. Oh that loaf looks so good! I was hoping you’d share it ever since you tweeted about making it. I’m definitely trying it and popping it onto my bread pinterest board.

    Can you shed some light on the large range of buttermilk needed? What does that depend on?

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 3:56 pm
    1. Hi Monika

      It would be on the dryness of the mixture, when I have made other yeast free/soda bread I have tended to err on the wetter side. Let me know how you get on

      Posted on February 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm
  3. Not too sure this would be for me, I really dislike the taste of prunes.

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 9:57 am
    1. That’s a shame

      Posted on February 4, 2015 at 10:23 am
  4. I must admit I prunes are never on my shopping list but that bread a chicken looks really tasty

    Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:41 pm
    1. Ha, it’s not just you…let me know if you do and what you think

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 10:25 pm
  5. Ooh that bread sounds lovely- I love fruit bread warm with butter for breakfast!

    Posted on February 3, 2015 at 10:15 am
    1. Mmmm this would be lovely toasted 🙂

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 10:18 am
  6. I love trying different kinds and bread. This one sounds delicious with the prunes in it!

    Posted on February 3, 2015 at 12:19 am
    1. Thank you, it was lovely. 🙂

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:18 am
  7. The bread looks delicious although I have to admit I have never eaten a prune, probably because of the bad press they get!

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 10:41 pm
    1. What a shame…go and buy some! 😉

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:18 am
  8. I must admit I dont think i have ever eaten a prune! However that bread looks amazing and definitely makes me want t try them.

    Jess
    owlcrazymummy.blogspot.co.uk

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 9:42 pm
    1. I am so surprised how many people haven’t, you must try 🙂

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:17 am
  9. OOh this looks so lovely, not too big a fan of prunes on their own, but in something like this, I might like them x

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 9:42 pm
    1. I’m sure you would, they add a little sweetness but don’t have a distinctive taste

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:17 am
  10. Yum that looks delicious and it’s amazing how much of the sugar the prunes replace – brilliant!

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 9:16 pm
    1. It is isn’t it

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:16 am
  11. ooh what a fab event. I am not a great cook but would love to have more practise with an expert!

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 8:24 pm
    1. She was really attentive and I learned quite a bit

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:16 am
  12. I don’t think I have ever eaten a prune! That bread does look and sound delicious though!

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 7:46 pm
    1. Oh no? You must try one 🙂

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:16 am
  13. They look delicious thanks

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 7:45 pm
    1. Thank you

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:15 am
  14. Oh my goodness now I feel so hungry! Such yummy looking food there!

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 7:18 pm
    1. Ooops sorry!

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:15 am
  15. What a fabulous experience! I do love the look of the bread, will have to add it to my ever growing list of recipes to make one day! x

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 7:18 pm
    1. Haha, I know that feeling…so many great recipes out there 🙂

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:15 am
  16. I can’t say prunes are something I like, but what an amazing experience to cook with Rosemary !

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 6:18 pm
    1. It was, you should try cooking with them you will probably be pleasantly surprised 🙂

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:14 am
  17. Reading your post, I realised I’ve never cooked with prunes before. Not sure why so need to rectify that. I love the sound of these recipes, especially the chicken.

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 4:58 pm
    1. Oh no, you must try using them you will probably be surprised 🙂

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:13 am
  18. Wish I could make chicken and panacotta to look like that. And bread! Bet it tasted scrumptious too.

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 4:40 pm
    1. IT WAS REALLY TASTY 🙂

      Posted on February 3, 2015 at 9:13 am
  19. I like prunes in savoury dishes like tagines and stews and think your chicken dish sounds delicious, but I’m not a fan of them alone or in sweet things, so not too sure if I like the sound of the bread or not…might just have to try it to find out!

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm
    1. Funnily I prefer them in sweet dishes but I did like them in the savoury dishes we made

      Posted on February 2, 2015 at 3:51 pm
  20. How amazing to cook with Rosemary Shrager! The recipes look tasty and not too difficult, I shall have to give the bread recipe a try as my girls would love it!

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm
    1. I know!!! 🙂 I hope they like it

      Posted on February 2, 2015 at 3:48 pm
  21. I have never been a fan of prunes on their own, but love the sound of that bread.

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 11:40 am
    1. Oh you should try them with something, so lovely.

      Posted on February 2, 2015 at 12:03 pm
  22. I have to admit when I think of Prunes I think of stewed Prunes my nan used to give us (YUK), but these recipes make them look appealing

    Posted on February 2, 2015 at 10:02 am
    1. Sadly they do have a dubious reputation but they are lovely really.

      Posted on February 2, 2015 at 10:40 am
  23. I love prunes but I haven’t had any in ages. I must buy a bag the next time I go shopping as I have a lovely muffin recipe for them.

    Posted on February 1, 2015 at 7:28 pm
    1. Mmmm that sounds interesting.

      Posted on February 1, 2015 at 10:34 pm
  24. not had prunes since school
    I think it would be nice to try in a good light !

    Posted on February 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm
    1. You should!

      Posted on February 1, 2015 at 10:34 pm
  25. All look/sound great, but I think I’d particularly like the bread. I cook with dates a lot, but perhaps I should start using prunes!

    Posted on February 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm
    1. They’re very similar to dates but personally I think prunes have a much smoother texture therefore are much nicer 🙂

      Posted on February 1, 2015 at 10:34 pm
  26. I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten prunes before, these recipes look lovely though xxx

    Posted on February 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm
    1. Oh wow, you must try them!

      Posted on February 1, 2015 at 10:33 pm
  27. I love bread making. I’ve seen a few recipes featuring prunes recently but I just can’t bring myself to do it – prunes just don’t appeal to me! Sorry! The pictures almost make me want to change my mind though.

    Posted on January 31, 2015 at 10:45 pm
    1. You should try them…they really are lovely.

      Posted on February 1, 2015 at 10:33 pm
  28. I have to confess to have never tried prunes before, I guess I just think of prune juice for when you need to ‘go’. I might have to try them as your recipes look delicious.

    Posted on January 31, 2015 at 9:48 pm
    1. They seem to have a bad reputation but I promise you they shouldn’t.

      Posted on February 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm
  29. Looks like you had a great day at the Cookery School. The Bread looks delicious.

    Posted on January 31, 2015 at 6:48 pm
    1. Thank you, yes it was a fun and informative day.

      Posted on February 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm