Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Nana's Date Loaf

It was only a matter of time until I started uploading recipes. Living away from home can really make you crave the foods that remind you of family and of your childhood.

I remember going to visit my Nana (on my dad's side) in Melbourne and she would always have freshly baked cakes waiting on the table. I use to marvel at how she baked them because she never had an oven - everything was done in a convection microwave and it was still perfect.

I only have one recipe handed down from my Nana and that is her date loaf. It is surprisingly quite healthy and really quick and easy to make.

I make this cake for two reasons; one it makes me feel good and two, J hates dates so I know when I do make it I get a whole cake to myself!

Ingredients
1 tbsp butter
1 cup chopped dates
3/4 cup of brown sugar (I use less)
1 tsp mixed spice (I use about double this)
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup of walnuts
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cup of plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda.

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease a loaf tin.
Place all ingredients except flour and bicarbonate soda in a bowl and stand for a few minutes so the dates begin to soften. Sift in flour and bicarbonate soda and mix to combine. Place mixture in prepared tin and bake for approximately 45mins, or until a skewer comes out clean.

It tastes so good with a little butter while it is still warm.

Enjoy!

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