Hmmm, it’s the middle of the night. The kids are in bed, and Dinesh is far away (in India) …yes, he’s on a one week trip (am I jealous or what!)…but probably I’m missing him more than being envious!
You see, for the last nearly four years, we have been really lucky and, of course, a bit spoilt as well; due to the fact that all four of us have been always together…haven’t been apart for a single day! Now the empty place at the dinner table seems to be a little…well, empty. Although he left just yesterday,and for only a week, the kids too have started asking as to when their dad’s returning home. Can you imagine, they were discussing about his homecoming and Rengoni even suggested that I bake a cake to welcome him back!
So, while Dinesh is in India in the midst of a large number of loved ones (okay, okay! I admit, I’m jealous…and with a capital ‘J’), I’m clicking away on the laptop, rummaging through my pictures and came upon the following prune and nut bread.
I had made it quite some time ago, but had forgotten to post it and the pictures have been gathering dust since. So here it is…
2 C whole wheat flour
1 C porridge oats +1 tblsp extra for topping
1 and 1/2 C stoned and dried prunes, and chopped
1C cashew nuts, chopped
1 C dark muscovado or other dark brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2C of hot water
4 and a 1/2 tblsp olive oil
- Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and grease and flour an 8 inch loaf pan.
- Place the prunes and the oil together in a bowl and pour the water. Set aside.
- In another bowl, mix together the flour, oats (1C), baking powder, sugar, salt and nuts till well combined.
- Pour the prune mixture into the flour one. Mix well till the dry ingredients are moistened.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.
- Sprinkle the tblsp of oats on the top and bake in the centre of the pre heated oven for approximately an hour or till a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Great for breakfast or for tea times…drizzle with honey or butter it up; have a slice on it’s own or with a cuppa…this tastes great. Figs or dates would also go well with this instead of the prunes.
There! Talking about baking has made me feel better already
Yaaawwn…now I better get some sleep before the little mites are awake