Golden Date Dessert Cake
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Ingredients / Shopping List

125g stoned dates

70ml water

1 tsp black treacle

Juice 1 lemon

Pinch bicarbonate of soda

50g margarine

35g golden caster

50g soft brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

100g SR flour

Sprinkle nutmeg
 

Prep Time:   0:20
Cook Time:   0:20
Serves:   4

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
 

Check it out !

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.

Next Time

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.