Tuesday, 23 September 2008
A really nice and easy cake to make and the dates in it makes it so tasty. Have it hot from the oven with some butter – slightly fattening but oh so nice!
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
150ml boiling water
½ cup sugar
75g butter or margarine
225g self raising flour - sifted
75g walnuts - chopped (save some to decorate the top of the cake if you like)
Handful of sultanas – optional
Heat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a loaf tin.
Roughly chop the dates and add the bicarbonate of soda and boiling water. Allow to stand until the mixture is cool and the dates are soft.
Cream the butter/margarine with the sugar until light and creamy then add the egg and beat for 1 minute.
Stir in flour and nuts. Blend well and lastly add in the date mixture.
Put into the tin and you may top it with some walnuts and sultanas if you like. I did not put any this time. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes until a skewer, when inserted, comes out clean.
Note: If using sultanas, they should be brown and caramelised.