The other day Jenni brought along a really nice cake for morning tea. Here is the recipe.
Date and Lemon Cake (Maori Cake)
150g (1 cup) pitted dates
2 tsp bi-carb soda
1 cup castor sugar
1 lemon, rind grated and juiced
1 cup plain flour
¾ cup self raising flour
½ cup desiccated coconut
½ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180’C. Grease a 20cm square cake tin and line with baking paper. (I use a 20cm x 27cm lamington tin)
2. Place dates and water in a small saucepan. Cover and bring to the boil over high heat. Boil partially covered for 3 mins or until dates are soft. Add the bi-carb and stir to combine. Set aside to cool.
3. Beat the butter and sugar until creamy. (Recipe says with a food processor but I just use a mix master) Add lemon rind, lemon juice and eggs and beat until combined. Add all the remaining ingredients. Beat until well combined.
4. Pour into the prepared tin. Bake for 45 mins. Allow to cool in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar and serve with cream.