Pre heat oven to 180c or 165c for a fan oven.
Use a 23cm Cake tin or ring tin.
100g softened butter
½ cup of white sugar
2 large apples, peeled, cored and small diced (Braeburns work well)
2 cups of small chopped pitted dates (about 250gms)
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
1 Cup of boiling water
1 ½ cups of self-raising flour
Whisk the butter and sugar together until thickened.
While the butter and sugar are whisking away combine the apples, dates and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl and then stir through the cup of boiling water. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.
Once the butter and sugar mixture is thickened, add the egg and continue beating.
Finally stir through the apple and date mixture and the self-raising flour.
Pour into prepared baking tin and bake for around 40 minutes until skewer test pronounces done. If using a regular cake tin and a no fan oven this may need a further 10+ minutes in the oven.
Leave in cake tin to cool before turning out.
Can be served warm as a dessert, cold as an afternoon tea cake…even use the mixture to make muffins.
Recipe courtesy of Margaret Bridgart, Bridgarts Orchard, Denmark.