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Date & ginger malt loaf

Date & ginger malt loaf

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • Plus cooling
  • Easy
  • Cuts into 10 slices

A dark, sticky and lightly spiced cake that merges Jamaican ginger cake with sticky toffee pudding and malt loaf

Nutrition: per slice
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal474
fat22g
saturates13g
carbs62g
sugars44g
fibre2g
protein8g
low insalt1.2g
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Ingredients

  • 200g butter , cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing
  • 140g stoned date , chopped
  • 410ml can evaporated milk
  • 100g soft dark brown sugar
  • 225g plain flour
  • 3 tbsp malted milk powder (we used Horlicks)
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 50g stem ginger , roughly chopped (reserve the syrup)
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 large eggs

For the drizzle

  • 50g stem ginger , chopped
  • 5 tbsp ginger syrup (from the stem ginger jar)
  • 5 tbsp icing sugar

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment. Put the dates, evaporated milk and sugar in a small saucepan, bring to the boil and cook for 5 mins until the dates are soft and the sugar has dissolved. Leave to cool.

  • STEP 2

    Put the flour, malted milk powder, ground ginger, stem ginger, bicarb and butter into a food processor, and blitz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Pour in the cooled date mixture and the eggs, and pulse briefly until the mixture is combined. Tip into your prepared tin and bake for 1 hr 15 mins until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool for 10 mins in the tin, then transfer to a wire rack. Combine all the ingredients for the drizzle and spoon over the cake. Leave to set before serving. This cake is delicious if eaten on the day it is made, but will improve after a day or 2 in the cake tin.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2013

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