Prune & chocolate torte

Prune & chocolate torte

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(13 ratings)

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

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Serves 8
A dinner party favourite

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal311
  • fat10g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars31g
  • fibre3g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.18g
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  • 250g no-soak prunes, halved
  • 4 tbsp brandy



    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 100g plain chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids), in pieces
  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 85g plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • lightly whipped cream or crème fraîche, to serve


  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.

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trish17's picture
21st Nov, 2018
Lovely tart - very impressive for a dinner party but so easy to make it’s also perfect for a mid-week treat. We eat ours warm with double cream - it’s so satisfying it stops me snacking in the evening! Does anyone know if it can be frozen?
24th May, 2016
I'm thinking of making this. Could you make it ahead of time and reheat as I don't want to have to make at last minutes while guests are around. Thanks
26th Feb, 2013
Just about to make this, but is it possible to use self-raising flower instead? Or will the cake turn out very different? Thanks
pknutsen's picture
25th Jan, 2012
I made it few days ago. It is an awesome recipe. Tastes great and not very sweet. Absolutely will made it again.
21st Nov, 2011
Made this for dinner party and was fab u lous!! my family have ordered it again for Christmas.
22nd May, 2011
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
28th Aug, 2010
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.
10th Aug, 2009
Being a bit blonde here... Can I use tinned prunes?
7th Aug, 2009
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!
29th Jul, 2009
The perfect weekend dessert – rich and sophisticated, but dead easy to make. Instant classic in our household.


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