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Chocolate Health Loaf

Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 h
Serves
10

Ingredients

250
pitted prunes
ml
1
green tea
bag(s)
125
sugar
ml
1
cinnamon
stick(s)
1
long strip orange peel
60
dried apricots
ml
375
flour
ml
60
cocoa powder
ml
15
baking powder
ml
salt
Pinch
50
dark chocolate
g
2
egg(s)
175
milk
ml
75
margarine
ml
5
vanilla
ml

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
Step 2
Bring 125 mL (1/2 cup) water to a boil in a saucepan. Add half of prunes and stir well. Reduce heat to medium and cook prunes, stirring, for about 5 minutes or until a smooth purée is obtained. Pour into a bowl and reserve.
Step 3
In the same casserole, cleaned, bring 250 mL (1 cup) water to a boil. Add teabag, 15 mL (1 tbsp.) sugar, cinnamon stick and orange peel. Infuse for 2 minutes. Remove teabag, cinnamon stick and orange peel. Add remaining prunes and apricots. Cook over low heat for 20 minutes, or the syrup has plumped the fruit. Remove from heat; cover and reserve.
Step 4
In a bowl, stir together flour, remaining sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and chopped chocolate. Reserve.
Step 5
In a separate bowl, mix eggs, prune purée, milk, margarine and vanilla.
Step 6
Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until batter is smooth and blended. Pour into a greased loaf pan measuring 22 cm x 11.5 cm x 6.5 cm (8½ in. x 4½ in. x 2½ in.). Bake in the oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Step 7
Serve one slice of chocolate loaf per person, along with poached fruit.