Wow it really has been awhile since my last blog. I have neglected it and I am sorry but life has been very busy these days but I hope to blog a bit more.
Yesterday when I came home from work I was craving some cake. Not any old cake but handmade Date Cake. Looking in the cupboard of course there was a pack of dates. I decided that I would prepare them so I could cook it the next night. Below you will see the recipe. I am not one for exact measurements. I don't use a cup measurement but use a coffee cup instead so measurements will be by coffee cup.
1 1/2 cups of chopped dates
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup port
1 teaspoon of Bi carb
Mix all of the above ingredients together in a bowl and set aside in the fridge for at least 24 hours.
2 1/2 cups SR Flour
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup of Cocoa
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 to 1/2 cups of Soda Water (Yes I know weird ingredient)
Mix the first 4 ingredients together. Add the date mix. Add in the Olive oil and mix by hand. Add in the Soda water until it is of a good cake batter consistency. No electric beaters needed just do by hand.
Pour batter into a greased and floured round cake pan and place in a preheated oven of 160 degrees for approx. 1 hour. I have an old oven that is not fan forced so it took an hour. If you have a fan forced oven I would start checking it at the 45 minute time.