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Plum Bread

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It always annoyed me that plum bread never actually contained any plums. I used to think that it was like mince meat pies - the pies used to contain meat, but it was slowly phased out and replaced with fruit. I recently learnt, however, that there never were any plums in plum bread; the reason for the name actually stems back to the 18th century. It turns out that during the Victorian period, raisins were actually called plums. I love finding out about the history of words, and how it links up to how our language works today.

Anyway, the mystery might be solved, but I still find the fact annoying. I therefore made my own recipe for plum bread that yes, indeed contains plums. Based on brands I used, each slice is about 124 calories.

Preparation Time: 35 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Makes: 15 servings

Ingredients
200g wholemeal self-raising flour
100g margarine
100g Truvia sweetener (or caster sugar if you prefer)
80g seedless raisins
80g sultanas
40g prunes
1 plum
1 large egg
2 tbsp light soya milk
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda


Method
Pre-heat the oven to 170 ༠C/ 170 ༠C fan/375 ༠F/5 Gas.



Mix the flour, sugar, and bicarbonate of soda together.



Rub in the margarine for a breadcrumb like consistency.



Chop the prunes and plum, mix with the sultanas and raisins, and the mix into the cake mixture.



Beat in the egg and milk.



Spoon the mixture into a loaf tin and cover the top with tin foil (to stop the top from burning), then bake in the oven.



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#Afternoon Tea
#Cakes
#Plums
#Dried Fruit
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