Step 1: Preheat oven to 160C fan oven 140C. Grease a 6” round cake tin or 2lb loaf tin.
Step 2: Sieve the flour and Baking Powder together.
Step 3: Place the dates and sultanas in a bowl and cover with boiling water.
Step 4: Melt the butter and sugar together in a saucepan and allow to cool slightly.
Step 5: Beat the eggs, ginger, Lemon Extract and Vanilla Extract into the butter and sugar. Drain the dates and chop finely. Add to the saucepan and mix well.
Step 6: Stir in the apple and flour, then spoon into the tin and bake in the oven for about 1hr 15 mins until well risen. A skewer inserted should come out clean, with a few crumbs. Leave to cool in the tin.
Step 7: Dust the top with icing sugar to serve The cake lasts a week stored in an airtight container (delicious from the fridge) or for 1 month frozen – perfect for making in advance.
If you want to give your home-made Christmas cake as an extra special gift, fill a cake box with Christmas coloured tissue paper and wrap with ribbon. There is no gift like the gift of home made treats!
|Per Serving||Per 100 g / ml|
|Fat||20.66 g||13.33 g|
|Carbohydrate||76.12 g||49.11 g|
|Protein||12.93 g||8.34 g|
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