Prune & chocolate torte

Prune & chocolate torte

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins - 35 mins Cook: 30 mins Plus soaking time

Skill level

Moderately easy


Serves 8

A dinner party favourite

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

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  • 250g no-soak prunes, halved
  • 4 tbsp brandy
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 100g plain chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids), in pieces
  • 50g butter
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 85g plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • lightly whipped cream or crème fraîche, to serve

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  1. Put the prunes and brandy in a small bowl and leave to steep for about 30 minutes until most of the brandy has been absorbed.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5/fan oven 170C. Grease a 23cm/9in loose-bottomed cake tin or springform tin. Put the cocoa, chocolate, butter and 140g/5oz of the sugar in a pan, add 100ml/31⁄2fl oz hot water and gently heat until the mixture is smooth. Leave to cool slightly.
  3. Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks, then gradually whisk in the remaining sugar. Sift the flour and cinnamon over and gently fold in with a metal spoon, until almost combined. Add the chocolate mix and fold in until evenly combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the tin and arrange the prunes over the top (they will sink into the sponge during baking). Sprinkle over any remaining brandy and bake for about 30 minutes until just firm. Serve with cream or crème fraîche.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2002

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kerry_jakes's picture

Just about to make this, but is it possible to use self-raising flower instead?
Or will the cake turn out very different?


pknutsen's picture
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I made it few days ago. It is an awesome recipe. Tastes great and not very sweet. Absolutely will made it again.

joyandjim's picture

Made this for dinner party and was fab u lous!! my family have ordered it again for Christmas.

claypigeon1's picture

This is a fabulous recipe - works equally well with canned or bottled cherries - I've also made it with dried apricots soaked in brandy -- yum yum

vivaves's picture
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I found there were far too many prunes! Ended up snacking on them and getting slightly tiddly on the brandy they'd been steeped in. So not complaining! This was a nice dessert, but I think I've had better chocolate fixes - I'd probably look for a different recipe next time I'm after a chocolate-based pudding.

joannawatson's picture

Being a bit blonde here... Can I use tinned prunes?

ibizafan's picture

This is the best pudding I have ever made, my mum and dad really loved it and was so easy.
You HAVE to make this!

hoxton's picture
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The perfect weekend dessert – rich and sophisticated, but dead easy to make. Instant classic in our household.

mary_1_uk's picture
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This is so easy and so tasty - I would make it again for sure

redsnailsaswinging's picture

made this for mothers day for my family, it was an absolute stunner and well easy!!

beckysankey's picture
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Mmmmm, this was so good, and kept well for a few days too. yum