I’ve been trying to be good and losing the baby weight lately. Once I set my mind to eating right I’m very good during the week, oh no wait, I had a scone with jam and cream yesterday but warm scones are always my weak spot. Ok, anything warm and sweet out of the oven kills me. Today is rainy and overcast and I just felt like baking as I really needed something sweet. So I decided to open my big bible of a book, CWA Classics. It’s almost 900 pages of great old fashioned recipes.
I’ve reworked this recipe using some of my favourite ingredients, gluten free flour and also making it in the thermomix which was so easy as it was all done in the one bowl with no stove top required. I hope you enjoy it. Great for a lunchbox treat if you leave out the nuts, perfect for a morning tea at your house or to take a plate with some icing on it and we have just loved it with a cup of coffee or tea today. No icing just warm out of the oven. Just how I like it.
- 170g dates
- 125g unsalted butter
- 225g brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 215g plain flour (I used macro gluten free)
- 1½ tsp baking powder (gluten free)
- 1½ Tbsp cocoa powder (read the label if making gluten free)
- ½ cup pecans, chopped
- Place dates in your thermomix bowl and process for 10 seconds on speed 6. Scrape down bowl.
- Add in 1 cup of warm water from the jug and process 3 minutes, 100 degrees, speed 1.
- Add in chopped butter and process 1 minute, speed 1. Leave for about 10 minutes to cool down.
- Add brown sugar, egg, flour, baking powder, cocoa and process 20 seconds speed 4
- Scrape down bowl and process another 5 seconds
- Add in nuts and I just gently distribute with the spatula
- Pour into a lined square or lamington tin and bake for 20 minutes in a 180 degrees oven. If a knife comes out clean it's done
- If you've used gluten free flour then for best results you'll want to leave it to cool before slicing. there is something about the flour that makes it go a bit gluggy if you try to slice straight away.
- You could ice with a simple mixture of cocoa, dash of water and icing sugar just mixed up with a fork for something a bit fancier or why not just dust a bit of icing sugar on top.