March 14th, 2014

Beaker

Date and Orange Loaf

This is the cake I baked for my birthday today (it's an old recipe so in imperial measurements):

Date and Orange Loaf

8 oz chopped dates
4 fl oz water
6 oz soft brown sugar
3 oz margerine
Grated rind of one orange
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 egg
8 oz self-raising flour
1 rounded teaspoon cinnnamon


Method

Put dates and water into a saucepan, simmer until pulpy.
Add sugar, stir until dissolved.
Remove from heat. Add margerine, beat well.
Add grated orange rind and juice.
Allow to cool for a few minutes, then beat in egg.
Sieve the flour and cinnamon together, then add a little at a time to the date mix.
Pour into a greased loaf tin.
Bake at 350 degrees F (180 C, Gas Mark 4) for 1 hour, 10 mins.
Check if done by inserting skewer. Cake is done when skewer comes out clean.

Best if kept in airtight tin for one day before cutting.