Monday, 7 November 2011

Sticky Date Cakes

Man alive it's really gloomy round here today! Chilly and cloudy and generally pretty dreary all round. It's days like this when a nice warm cake recipe really hits the spot and this one is both easy to make and delicious to eat. You should get about 12 out of the mix and can serve them on their own or with cream, ice cream or even custard!

Prep time: 15 Mins
Baking time: 20 Mins
270g Pitted Dates (Chopped)
250ml Water
1Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
150g Unsalted Butter (Plus a bit extra for greasing)
185g Self Raising Flour
265g Soft Brown Sugar
2 Eggs (Beaten)
2Tbsp Golden Syrup
185ml Single Cream

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and grease a 12 cup muffin tray. Place the dates and the water in a saucepan, bring to the boil, then remove from the heat. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda then add 60g of the butter and continue stirring until it's melted. In a large bowl sift in the flour, then mix in 125g of the sugar. Make a well in the centre then pour in the date mixture, followed by the egg. Mix it all together, then spoon evenly into the muffin holes and bake in the centre of the oven for about 20 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean from the middle of one of the cakes.

For the sauce, put the golden syrup, cream, the remaining sugar and butter in a small pan and stir over a low/moderate heat for about 4 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil then simmer for a further 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. To serve turn the warm cakes out, pierce them a few times with a skewer then pour over some of the sauce. Mission complete!

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