Vintage Bakes – Date and Banana Cake

Baking your Cake and Eating it

Baking your Cake and Eating it

Despite its title, this little book has a host of recipes from savoury pies to biscuits, all designed to be economical so quite appropriate for today’s austerity diets!

I was taken with the recipe for ‘Date with a Banana Cake’:

Date with a Banana Cake Recipe

Date with a Banana Cake Recipe

It was very easy to make. I needed 3 bananas to make up the weight. I chopped my dates using scissors, but you can buy ready chopped dates at supermarkets. And, finally, I used an 8 inch long loaf tin which I lined with baking parchment.

And here’s the result:

The finished cake

The finished cake

And finally, tucking in!

Cake sliced and ready to eat

Cake sliced and ready to eat

 

The cake turned out beautifully moist. The banana wasn’t overpowering and mixed well with the dates to give a fruity, not too sweet,  flavour. It has kept well in the fridge for a few days, but I think it will be gone before it goes stale! The recipe suggests icing the cake, but I would be inclined to butter the slices instead, but then I’m not a fan of overly sweet things.

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