Monday, 25 January 2010

ICCHFC - Week 19: Molly Cake

John was off ill for the week preceding his bake, but fortunately made it on Friday and put together a vote from three cakes found on the Waitrose food website. The options were:
Molly Cake won the day with four votes!

For a cake that had no eggs, sugar or dairy it was surprisingly good: not too dense and very moist. It was a very big hit with the ladies of the ICCHFC.

Recipe for John's Molly Cake (thanks to Waitrose!):

250g stoned dates, roughly chopped
300ml water
85g plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground mixed spice
85g wholemeal flour
500g bag dried, mixed fruit
50g ground almonds
80ml orange juice

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3 and line a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment.
2. Put the dates and water in a pan and bring to the boil. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
3. Sieve the plain flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a bowl. Add the wholemeal flour, mixed fruit and ground almonds and stir to combine.
4. Stir in the wet date mixture and the orange juice. Mix well. Spoon into the loaf tin.
5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack and cool.

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