Banana and Date Cake

    1 hour 55 minutes

    This cake starts with a simple base then the dates and banana is added and it becomes a wonderful accompaniment to an afternoon tea with friends.

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    Serves: 10 

    • 130g butter
    • 175g sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 130ml milk
    • 230g plain flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 130g pitted dates, diced
    • 2 medium ripe bananas

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1hour25min  ›  Ready in:1hour55min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Prepare a 450g bread tin by lining the bottom with grease proof paper and greasing the sides.
    2. Cream butter and sugar together with an electric whisk until it's light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time (it's better if they are room temperature to prevent curdling of the mixture). Mix in the milk. Sift the flour and baking powder in and mix until well combined.
    3. Put the dates in a saucepan with a bit of water; about 100ml. Heat on a medium to low heat until they are soft and pulpy; about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and mash with a fork.
    4. Mash the bananas in bowl and add about 1/4 to the dates and mix it all together. Add the remaining 3/4 to the flour mixture and combine.
    5. Put 1/3 of the flour mixture into the loaf tin and then layer on top 1/2 of the date mixture. Repeat until there is no mixture left and you finish with the flour mixture on top.
    6. You can add some dates sliced lengthways to the top for aesthetic reason if you wish but they can burn and be a bit chewy.
    7. Put in middle shelf of oven for an hour to an hour and a half. To test put a skewer into middle and it should come out without uncooked cake mixture but not completely clean depending on how moist you want your cake.

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    Thanks for sharing this recipe, the whole family enjoyed very much. I cooked at 160c (fan-assisted) for 1 hour and 10 mins... came out lovely and moist, perfect.  -  15 Oct 2011  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    I made this cake before and it was a bit stodgy for my liking so this time I put it into a square cake dish and it was not so stodgy as there was a larger surface area. However it tasted really yummy, I also used brown sugar instead of white.  -  23 Jun 2013  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    the cake cooked well although i had to adjust the timing to suit my oven, i must admit i didn't like the "gooey" patches you get with the layering, but the cake itself was nice  -  25 Aug 2012  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)