|sticky date cake with orange and cinnamon|
My everyday cake recipes are also inspired by looking for solutions to what goes well with a cup of tea or coffee. They generally have to involve minimum kitchen fuss, no fancy techniques, have ingredients that are easy to find, and above all taste great. I love experimenting with flavour combinations from all around the world. My sticky date cake has hints of the Middle East with the use of dates, cinnamon and orange flower water - flavorings I love. Feel free to mix up the spices to your own personal taste though - I have given a few suggestions in the cooking hints and tips below.
A lovely moist cake, this lasts well for a few days in an airtight container - and actually seems to improve after a day or 2. I hope you enjoy.
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200g chopped pitted dates
140g plain flour
50g wholemeal flour
100g brown sugar
180ml hot tea
2 tbsp marmalade
2 tbsp marmalade
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp orange flower water
pinch of salt
cooking hints & tips:
- this cake would be great with a few optional extras too. You could add 75-100g of chopped walnuts or stem ginger to the mix after you add the flour.
- you can also swap the spices I used in this version to your personal taste. Ginger, mixed spice, quatre epices and nutmeg would all work well.
- I think the wholemeal flour adds a little more 'bite' and density to the cake which I like, but the recipe works well with all plain white flour if this is all you have.
- a quick and easy cake to prepare - and a healthier choice for packed lunches and snacks. A useful 'back to school' or work recipe for you to try.
preparation time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 35-45 minutes
- add the chopped dates to the hot tea and leave to plump up for about 20-30 minutes then give them a quick whizz in the food processor (or mix/mash by hand) to create a thick date paste.
- preheat the oven to 180c then grease and line a 20cm square baking tin
- melt the butter with the sugar, marmalade and orange flower water then stir into the date mix
- add the eggs and mix well
- sieve in the flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix
- spoon into your prepared baking tin and bake for 35-45 minutes. It's cooked when a skewer comes out clean
- leave to cool for 5-10 minutes in the tin before turning out. Leave to cool before slicing and serving.