So this Monday I had planned (yes, planned) to make a 'date and nut loaf'. I feel like I do actually have to start planning to make/bake things now as I'm becoming busier. Or then it won't actually happen! Hence my post of recipes to make in May :)
This recipe is another treat that comes from Frankie magazines book 'afternoon tea'. Speaking of Frankie magazine, did anyone happen to get to Finders Keepers at Carriage works this year? I missed out, so sad! It's always so fun walking around looking at all the arty crafty stalls and getting some inspiration. (And checking out the arty hipsters walking around with their glasses of wine...)
Anyway! Here's it is...
Recipe: Date and nut loaf
1 cup chopped dates
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2/3 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 drops vanilla essence
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease or line a loaf tin with baking paper.
2. Combine dates and bicarbonate of soda with 3/4 cup boiling water.
3. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light, white and fluffy. Mix in beaten egg, dates, sifted flour, walnuts and vanilla essence. Pour into prepared tin and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
4. Leave cake in tin to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
yum yum! I don't think my photos quite do it justice, but believe me, it was divine! Moist, nutty, warm and lots of date-y goodness :)
What have you been baking lately? Do you find you have to plan your cooking when you get busy?
And on a side note, I've just discovered my new favourite combination: vegemite and avocado on toast! This morning I had that topped with a soft boiled egg. Mmmmm
Have a lovely weekend :)