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Banana & Date Cake

On June 23, 2017

PREP: 15 mins
COOK: 1 hr

The key to a tasty banana cake is using over-ripe bananas – the darker the better. This makes a great snack for work or in kid’s lunch boxes.

Ingredients
150g pitted dates, roughly chopped into small pieces
75g butter, cubed
25g light brown soft sugar
3 bananas, peeled and roughly chopped (about 250g)
3 eggs
200g strong wholemeal flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Equipment
1.5 litre loaf tin
food processor

Method
Preheat your oven to 180ºC (fan 160?/gas mark 4) and line the loaf tin with baking parchment.

Put the chopped dates, butter, sugar and 75ml of boiling water into a heatproof bowl, give the ingredients a little stir and leave them to soak and melt for 5 minutes.

Tip the contents of the bowl into the food processor and add the banana chunks and eggs. Blitz until the whole lot is smooth and then tip the mixture into a medium mixing bowl.

Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into the mixture, giving it a good beating with a wooden spoon until well combined. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake the
cake for 1 hour in the oven.

Remove the loaf tin from the oven and leave it to sit for 10 minutes before turning out and cutting up.

Cooking for Family & Friends cover imageRecipes extracted from Cooking for Family & Friends by Joe Wicks. Available now, Bluebird, RRP $44.99. Buy the book here.

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