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Date Cake Recipe

April8

This is a small recipe, so I make it in a loaf-shaped tin but it has the lighter texture of a cake. It has a surprising sweet taste of golden syrup.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz/110 gm dates
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3 oz/90 gm butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Method:

Place the dates, baking soda and boiling water in a bowl and leave to soak for one hour. Cream the butter and sugar and then add the beaten egg and mix well. Add the date mixture and mix again. Combine the flour and baking powder and add to the mixture and stir to mix. Pour into a small loaf tin (8 1/2 in/22 cm x 4 in/10 cm) and bake at 180 C/350 F for 30 minutes. (if you are using a fan-forced oven  then you will need to lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees centigrade and/or adjust the time). Place on a wire rack to cool and then store in an air-tight container.

Gluten-Free Ginger and Apricot Loaf Recipe

January31

This is a recipe I have developed. I am a big fan of both crystallised ginger and apricots and so I have experimented to create this recipe with gluten free flour. It is delicious and very light but because it has gluten-free flour it doesn’t rise so much so I put it into a smaller tin than usual taking this into account.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz/110 gm butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 cups sifted gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup crystallised ginger pieces cut into two
  • 2/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup milk

Method:

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the beaten eggs and then add the combined dry ingredients.  Stir in the ginger and apricots. Dissolve the baking soda in the milk and add to the mixture and mix well. Tip the mixture into a greased loaf tin (8 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in/22cm x 11cm). Bake at 180 C/350 F for 40 to 50 minutes (if you are using a fan-forced oven  then you will need to lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees centigrade and/or adjust the time). Turn onto a wire rack and leave to cool.

Margaret’s Banana Bread Recipe

January25

This is a very old recipe that has been passed on through the generations. Yummy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 3 oz/80 gm butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 2 large mashed bananas

Method:

Sift the flour and salt. Stir in the sugar. Rub the butter into the flour with fingertips until well combined. Dissolve the baking soda in the milk and add to the flour mixture with the egg and mashed banana. Stir until thoroughly blended and spread in a greased and floured 10 x 6 inch/15 x 25 cm loaf tin. Bake at 350 – 375 F/180- 190 C for 50 – 60 minutes (if you are using a fan-forced oven  then you will need to lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees centigrade and/or adjust the time). Turn onto a wire rack to cool. Serve sliced with butter.

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Date Loaf Recipe

January22

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dates (each chopped in two)
  • 1 cup raisins or sultanas
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 oz/60 gm butter
  • 1  1/2 cups hot water
  • 2 large cups sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

Method:

Put dates, raisins, nuts, sugar and butter in a pot with the hot water and boil for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool then add the flour and baking soda. Mix all together and add to a small greased  tin (4.5 in/11.5 cm x 8.5 in/21.5 cm). Bake for 45 minutes at 160 C/325 F (if you are using a fan-forced oven  then you will need to lower the temperature by up to 10 degrees centigrade and/or adjust the time). Leave to cool on a rack.

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