You might be thinking there's nothing luxurious about prunes but these prunes have been soaked overnight in brandy turning them into deliciously soft and boozy pockets of joy. In fact they are so good, I've upped the content in the recipe which should leave you with some extra to sneakily scoff while you're making the cake.
250 grams pitted prunes
250 grams butter, cubed
250 grams dark chocolate, roughly chopped ( I used Lindt 85%)
4 eggs, separated
100 grams raw caster sugar
100 grams soft brown sugar
50 grams potato flour
50 grams almond meal
icing sugar, for dusting
Place the prunes in a small bowl and pour in enough brandy to generously coat the prunes. Seal and store in the fridge overnight.
Next day, carefully pick the prunes from the liquid, and lay them out on paper towels - cover with another sheet of paper towel and set to one side.
Put the butter and chocolate into a heatproof bowl and place it over a pot of gently simmering water. Give it a little stir when you see it starting to melt and when it is almost totally melted, remove from the heat and stir until smooth and homogeneous. Let this cool a little before proceeding.
Place the egg yolks, caster sugar and brown sugar into a bowl and whisk until light and creamy. Pour in the cooled chocolate mix and stir well - sift together the potato flour and almond meal and add to the bowl, folding this in until evenly distributed.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until thick (firm peak stage). Take a large spoonful and add to the cake mix - stir this in to slacken the mixture. Add in the rest of the egg whites, folding it through gently.
Line the base of a 22cm cake tin (either springform or removable base works best) and butter the sides. Pour in three-quarters of the cake mix - dot the top with the drained prunes - and then cover with the remaining cake mix.
Place in a preheated 170°C oven and cook until set but still slightly soft in the middle. The original recipes suggests 30 minutes but I found it took more than 45 minutes. Let the cake cool in the tin for about 30 minutes and using a palette knife, run it along the sides to loosen the cake from the tin. Remove the tin but let the cake cool completely before trying to place it on your serving dish. Finish off by dusting the top with icing sugar.
It's a lovely moist cake, deep chocolate flavour with an almost brownie like texture with the added treat of those brandy soaked prunes. You could serve this with a little dollop of thick cream but it really doesn't need it.