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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.

Apricot Date And Chocolate Ginger Slice

March6

This is divine. It’s quite rich so the slices should probably not be too big!

  • 3/4 cup chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup chopped apricots
  • 4 1/2  oz/125 gm butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 60 gm crystallised ginger (sliced thinly)
  • 3 cups cornflakes
  • 150 gm dark chocolate

Method:

Put chopped fruit, butter, sugar and ginger into a pot and heat slowly so the butter melts and the fruit softens. Add the cornflakes and mix well. Put into a 28 cm/11 in  x 18 cm/7 in  tin and press down. Refrigerate for an hour. Take the dark chocolate and heat in a double boiler. When melted spread over the slice and put back in the fridge until the chocolate hardens. Slice and store in the fridge in a air-tight container.

Date and Orange Scones Recipe

February6

There a many varieties of scones and here I have combined the dates with the orange to give a more interesting taste. They are quick and easy to prepare and should be eaten the same day.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • grated orange peel from 2 oranges
  • 4 oz/110 gm butter
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yoghurt
  • 3/4 cup milk

Method:

Sift the flour and baking powder and then add the salt and sugar. Grate the orange peel coursely and then chop a little more finely. Add to the mixture and then add the chopped butter. Crumble with your fingertips. Add the dates. Add the yoghurt then the milk. Do not beat to mix. Instead use a cold knife and chop to combine. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured board and smooth over and shape with the knife. Cut into 11-12 squares and place on a greased oven tray. Glaze each scone with a little milk. Bake at 215 C/425 F for 10 minutes or until lightly browned (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 to a wire rack to cool.

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Oasis Fingers Recipe

January22

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz/110 gm butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 large cup sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates

Method:

Beat butter and sugar to a cream and then add the beaten egg. Add the flour and baking pwder and then the coconut and lastly the dates.  Spread into a greased tin (8 in/20 cm square) and bake at 180 C/350 F for 20 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). Ice and then cut while still warm in the tin. Store in an air-tight container.

Icing:

  • 1 cup sifted icing sugar
  • 1 dessert spoon sifted cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Mix all ingredients together using a dash of hot water to make a smooth consistency.

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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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