125g stoned dates
1 tsp black treacle
Juice 1 lemon
Pinch bicarbonate of soda
35g golden caster
50g soft brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g SR flour
Prep to Cook: Pan, wooden spoon, mixing bowl, hand held mixer
Prep: 1. Prep the dates:
Prepare the date mixture by placing the water, treacle, lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda and dates in a pan or put in a jug in the microwave
Bring to the boil and cook gently for about 3 minutes
Use a wooden spoon to mash the dates and stirring well until you have a thick paste
Pour this onto a dinner plate to cool down
2. Prep the cake mix:
In a mixing bowl use the hand held mixer ( or a processor if you want) cream together the margarine and the caster and soft brown sugar
Beat until the mixture looks pale and fluffy
Beat in the eggs one by one giving each a 40 second mix
Stir in the sieved SR flour and when it is almost mixed in
Add the date mix and the grating of nutmeg
Stir and pour into greased cake tin (or ovenproof tea mugs for individual puds )
Cook at 180C Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes
Press the top to check it is bouncy, if not return to oven for 4 mins
Remove and turn out of the tin – ease round the sides first.
Serve warm sifted with golden icing sugar
Golden Date Dessert Cake is light and moist and easily cuts into portions. It deserves a sauce such as really good vanilla custard for home comfort feel or a luxury blob of flavoured cream. This cake never disappoints.
Serve with a vanilla custard or double cream beaten with 1 tablespoon marsala wine and 1 tsp sugar
Cooks Know How: You will experience the softening of dates to make them mix into this pudding as moist tasty fruits. You can see how easy the creaming method is to make the cake mix. You will manage two activities in this recipe, making the fruit and making the cake. You can see how a combination of the two makes a delicious sweet and spongy pud.
Try adding walnuts. Pop them into a polythene bag and bash them with a rolling pin to crush them up. They add texture and flavour.