This is a delightful cut and come again cake using healthy main ingredients, i.e. dates and banana. Here are the ingredients:
8 ozs self raising flour
pinch of salt
4 ozs of soft margarine
4 ozs caster sugar
1 large banana
4 ozs of chopped dates
1 large egg
4 tablespoons milk
For the topping:
1/2 oz of chopped walnuts (optional)
2 level tablespoons demarara sugar
Measure out the self raising flour and put into a large bowl.
Measure the soft margarine and add it to the flour.
Take the stones out of the dates and chop them up.
Then measure out the sugar and add it.
Rub the flour mixture into the fat and the sugar until it looks like breadcrumbs. I usually add the sugar after the fat.
Mash the banana and add it to the mixture with the chopped dates.
Add an egg
Add 4 tablespoons of milk and mix together all the ingredients with a fork.
Put a paper lining into a 2lb loaf tin. No need to grease.
Smooth the top with the fork or a knife and sprinkle with the demarara sugar and/or the chopped walnuts.
Bake the cake for one hour at gas mark 4 or equivalent on the medium shelf of the oven.
When it is done it should look like this:
Leave to cool, then turn out onto an oblong plate.
We like to eat ours with a cup of tea on Sundays. The outside of the cake is crisp and the inside is soft.
This cake will keep for two or three days under cling film or in a tin.
Have a wonderful Sunday; Star