This cake is simply to die for !!! You simply MUST try it - either for afternoon tea, or for a scrumptious dessert served with cream, custard or icecream. Mmmmmmmm..............
Earl Grey Tea Cake
1.5 cups of chopped fresh dates
1 tsp bicarb soda
1 cup of brewed earl grey tea
2 apples peeled and grated
1 1/4 cup of self raising flour
3/4 cup of brown sugar – for a lighter version, use raw sugar and a tablespoon of golden syrup
150 grams butter melted – if you prefer a less “greasy” cake, reduce the butter to 80g- it still works well
2 tsp of natural vanilla extract
Preheat Oven to 180C. Line baking loaf tin with baking paper. Place dates, bicarb of soda and tea in a bowl. I left the tea bag in the bowl during this time for around 10 minutes. Using a barmix or hand held blender, blend the mixture till smooth. Set aside. Mix flour, apple and sugar in a bowl till combined. Add in butter, vanilla, eggs and date mixture. Mix well with wooden spoon.
Spoon into loaf tin and bake for 45-50 minutes till cooked when tested with a skewer.
Rest and cool before removing from tin.