This is an old family favourite in our house, great for when you have visoters. it is quite a dense and filling cake but I still always manage a second piece ha!
- 60g butter
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped (approx. 180g)
- 1/2 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup chopped walnut (approx. 60g)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (160 fan forced).
- Grease two nut tins or you can use a normal loaf tin.
- Line the tin you have decided to use.
- Combine butter and boiling water in a medium saucepan over low heat until the butter is melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in dates, bicarbonate of soda and then remaining mixture. Stir until it turns into a caramel mixture – it will still have the lumps of dates and walnuts but no flour lumps.
- Spoon the mixture into tin.
- Bake for around 50 minutes.
- Cool in tin for around 5 minutes. Remove from tin and cool on wire rack.
- Tastes delicious served with butter and a cup of tea.
Serves approx. 8