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Date and Ginger Cake   Veg  CD  CBF  55mins

                  Submitted by Angela Webb, Eccleshall, Staffs, UK

Cuts into 16 slices    Cold  Vegetarian  Fruit  Cakes Baked Fayre 

100g/4oz Margarine
100g/4oz dark soft brown Sugar
100g/4oz Black Treacle
175g/6oz Dates, finely chopped
150ml/5fl.oz. Water
225g/8oz Plain Flour
1 level teasp Bicarbonate of Soda
1 heaped teasp Ground Ginger
1 heaped tbsp finely chopped Preserved Ginger
1 Egg, beaten


1. Preheat the oven to 190C (375F, Gas Mark 5). Grease and line a small roasting tin.

2. Put the margarine, sugar, treacle, water and dates in a large saucepan. When melted together, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, egg and gingers. Mix well (it looks a revolting colour at this stage). Pour into the prepared tin.

3. Bake for 35 minutes or until risen and firm to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin. Cut into 16 slices when cold.

This cake keeps well.


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Key techniques required to make cake recipes

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Beat To introduce air into a mixture using a utensil such as a wooden spoon, fork or whisk, in order to achieve a lighter texture.

Cream - to - The process where sugar and softened butter are beaten together with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light, pale and well blended. This process may also be carried out with a hand held mixer or in a food processor.

Rub in -  The incorporation of fat into flour.  Butter is cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

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