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August 21, 2012

Apricot, Date & Prune Cake

Sometimes, I just have a craving for something old-fashioned, something good & hearty with lashings of butter! “Lashings of butter” was something that we did as kids, when butter and saturated fats weren’t a health issue. We buttered our marie biscuits, we swam huge knobs in piles of mashed potato, we buttered Nanna’s banana nut loaf!

Now that saturated fats have been un-demonised, we can honestly enjoy that butter really does taste better! More so if you make your own, but that’s another blog!

This recipe is a take on the classic date cake, with the addition of dried apricots and prunes. Feel free to mix up the proportions of fruit to your taste. I like to add prunes for their rich iron content and lower sugars and fibre hit. Gram for gram, prunes do contain more fiber than dried beans and most other fruits and vegetables. This can also be made dairy-free if you substitute 60g olive oil or coconut oil for the butter.

300g dried apricots, dates & prunes, roughly chopped. I used 50/25/25
200g boiling water
1.5 teas bicarb soda
100g brown sugar or rapadura
80g butter
2 eggs
1 teas vanilla extract
2 teas cinnamon
180g SR flour
handful of walnuts
 
Cover the dried fruit with the boiling water for 10 minutes to swell. Add the bicarb and stir through.
Cream the butter & sugar, cinnamon & vanilla in the Thermomix (or food processor) for 15 seconds, SP 6. Scrape down the bowl and add an egg at a time, incorporating each separately on SP 5.
 
Add the flour, nuts and fruit, including the soaking water and mix very briefly, on SP 2, REVERSE, in 1 second bursts. Turn into a loaf pan and cook on 160°C for 45 minutes or until done.
 
Serve warm with LASHINGS OF BUTTER!!!!
This keeps well and is great cold also, or even toasted when stale – with more LASHINGS OF BUTTER!!!

 

3 Comments leave one →
  1. A Table in the Sun permalink
    August 21, 2012 1:10 pm

    What a nice combination of ingredients. There are many new thoughts on butter. Most nutritionists have dumped vegetable oils and returned to real butter……and the new darling, coconut oil. Both are yummy and now guilt free!

    • August 21, 2012 2:19 pm

      Yes, you are right. What are your thoughts? Also, what do you think about ghee?

      • A Table in the Sun permalink
        August 21, 2012 11:00 pm

        I use butter and ghee regularly. With all of my food intolerances, I have no problem with either…..and they’re yummy. I also eat eggs every day. I’ve read a lot about how important saturated fats are to our bodies (in moderation of course). Many of us did such a disservice to our bodies by eating low fat for so many years.

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