“No refined sugar, dairy, eggs or fat” cake

I am at a loss as to what to call this cake – suggestions on a postcard, please!

It came about as a good way of using up some dates left-over from Christmas and the recipe is inspired by mother-in-law’s tea loaf.

The cake is wonderfully moist and fruity and a great way of using up any dried fruit. I used the aforementioned dates, along with some gorgeous yellow + red raisins (bought loose at the Turkish grocer) as well as some chopped dried apricots.

Dried fruit is naturally sweet and contributes useful amounts of fibre and the ground almonds add “good” fats and vitamin E.

Enjoy with a nice cup of strong black tea to cut through the sweetness!

You will need:

250g stoned dates, roughly chopped

300ml water

500g mixed dried fruit of your choice

170g wholemeal flour

3 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp ground mixed spice

50g ground almonds

80ml orange juice

finely grated zest of half an orange

This is what you do:

1. preheat the oven to 170C/gas 3

2. very lightly grease a 900g loaf tin + line the bottom with a strip of baking parchment

3. put the dates in a sauce pan, pour over the water and bring to the boil

4. remove pan from the heat and leave to cool a little

5. put flour, mixed spice + baking powder in a bowl

6. add the dried mixed fruits and the orange zest

7. stir to combine

8. add the wet date mixture + orange juice

9. mix well

10. spoon into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean

11. leave to cool for about 30 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely

12. boil the kettle….

Yum!

Monique

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