‘So many who have made my date cake were very pleased with the result. It is simple, straightforward with no added processed sugar or butter.’
You will need:
125g chopped dates
100g dried mixed fruit of your choice
200ml warm water
125g self raising flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Pinch mixed spice
Zest and juice of two tangerines or one orange
Zest of half a lemon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder or 1 tablespoon apple organic vinegar
1 tablespoon finely chopped nuts of your choice
Soak the dates in the water. Prepare a cake tin covered with baking paper.
Mix the dates and water together.
Add the self raising flour and baking powder, then add all the other ingredients and stir without over mixing.
Pour the batter into the cake tin,
Bake at 180C for 35 minutes.
Allow to cool before taking out of the tin.
‘Lea’s tip: Do not overmix’
My dates come from Good Earth and Deyma, self raising flour from St Georges Brand, cinnamon, vanilla and spices by Schwartz, dried fruit and nuts by Good Earth