Apricot Prune Tea Cake
Apricot and Prunes make a delicious combination for this light and simple Tea cake .The slight tangy taste of the dried fruits compliments the sweetness of the cake. Prunes and Apricots add a chewy texture to the cake and help to keep the cake moist. We loved the nutty walnut flavour which also added crunch to the cake.
I found the recipe here. I have followed the recipe except that I did not use the ½ tsp salt as suggested. Also I used almost ½ cup of milk instead of ¾ as recommended in the recipe and my baking time was 5-6 minutes over the specified baking time of 55 minutes.
Apricot Prune Tea Cake Recipe
3/4 cup dried prunes, pitted
3/4 cup dried apricots (or mangos, pears, apples, raisins or other dried fruits)
2 cups plus 1 tablespoon sifted flour, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup brown sugar (I used Demerara Sugar)
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 pound (~1/2 Cup) butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1. Cover prunes and apricots (or other dried fruit) with boiling water. Let stand 5 minutes. Drain and chop finely.
2. In small bowl, sift 2 cups flour with baking powder.
3. In another small bowl, combine brown sugar with remaining tablespoon flour and cinnamon. Set aside.
4. Cream butter until fluffy. Add 3/4 cup sugar, mixing well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until light.
5. At low speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture alternating with milk and vanilla until just blended.
6. Fold in chopped fruit.
7. Pour a third of batter into greased 9-inch tube pan. Spread evenly and sprinkle with a third of brown sugar mixture. Drizzle with a third of melted butter.
8.Repeat for 2 additional layers.
9.Top with chopped Walnuts.
10.Bake in a preheated 180 degree celcius oven for 55 minutes (I took ~60 minutes) or until inserted tester comes out clean.
11.Cool on rack for 10 minutes.
12.Remove cake from pan and return to rack to cool thoroughly.
I already have request from the family to repeat the Apricot Prune Tea cake and that means it was really good! :) My little one loved it and the DH, with an eternal sweet tooth was asking for more! Maybe I can glaze it the next time or maybe even top it with a Chocolate sauce! Will let you know.