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- Dish type
- Cakes with fruit
- Date cake
This is a 'somebody needs to restrain me before I eat the whole thing' type cake which is pretty easy to make and if you think about it, it is two of your five-a-day with banana and dates in it. Perfect spread with butter served a cup of English tea.
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- 125g pitted dates (chopped)
- 125g butter
- 175g sugar
- 2 eggs
- 125ml milk
- 225g plain flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 medium ripe bananas
MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:1hr25min ›Ready in:1hr55min
- Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Prepare a 450g loaf tin by lining the bottom with grease proof paper and greasing the sides.
- Put the dates in a saucepan with a bit of water (about 100ml) and heat on a medium to low heat until they are soft and pulpy, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and mash with a fork.
- Cream butter and sugar together with an electric whisk until it's light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time (it's better if they are room temperature to prevent curdling of the mixture). Mix in the milk. Sift the flour and baking powder in and mix until well combined.
- Mash the bananas in bowl and add about 1/4 to the dates and mix it all together. Add the remainng 3/4 to the flour mixture and combine.
- Put 1/3 of the flour mixture into the loaf tin and then layer on top 1/2 of the date mixture. repeat Thi steps until there is no mixture left and you finish with the flour mixture on top.
- You can add some dates chopped lengthways to the top for aesthetic reason if you wish but they can burn and be a bit chewy.
- Put in middle shelf of oven for an hour to an hour and a half. To test put a skewer into middle and it should come out without uncooked cake mixture but not completely clean depnding on how stodgy / moist you want your cake.
Reviews & ratingsAverage global rating:(10)
Reviews in English (10)
Thanks for sharing this recipe, the whole family enjoyed very much. I cooked at 160c (fan-assisted) for 1 hour and 10 mins... came out lovely and moist, perfect.-15 Oct 2011
I made this cake before and it was a bit stodgy for my liking so this time I put it into a square cake dish and it was not so stodgy as there was a larger surface area.However it tasted really yummy, I also used brown sugar instead of white.-23 Jun 2013
the cake cooked well although i had to adjust the timing to suit my oven, i must admit i didn't like the "gooey" patches you get with the layering, but the cake itself was nice-25 Aug 2012