I opted for the Plain Date Cake.
We were not sure about what "Moderate oven" meant, and decided on 170°C. But I think this was too hot, as the cake rose rather a lot, and the top layer split away. It was also quite soft and crumbly.
But it did taste good!
PLAIN FRUIT CAKE
8 oz plain flour
4tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1tsp vanilla essence
4oz chopped dates
approx 5 fl oz milk and water
- Preheat oven [to about 160°C - see note above!]
- Mix flour, bp and salt, rub in marg, add sugar
- Add vanilla, mix to dropping consistency with milk/water
- Stir in fruit
- Turn into greased/lined 6" round tin [or small loaf tin]
- Bake 45mins to 1 hour
But as I say, the cake tasted good, and was relatively economical to make [and no eggs, either!]
One question occurred to me - What's this dates business about ?
As a child, in the 50s and 60s, I don't recall my Mum ever buying dates for "cooking purposes". Dates were exotic things, only ever eaten at Christmas, in those 'glove box' packets
And when we had the "Eat Me" ones, I was quite nervous they had an "Alice in Wonderland" ingredient which would make me shrink!
I always thought that dates came from hot countries and grew on palm trees - and would therefore need to be brought to Britain on ships - so how come they were apparently so readily available for the WW2 cook?
It's a mystery to me!
Just a quick picture of my lovely new red melamine mixing bowls which were a Christmas gift from my S-I-L in Surrey. [M&S of course]
And here is a picture of the red cake tin she gave me last year
Perhaps my next cake should be a cherry cake to continue the red theme?
[Can't find any WW2 cherry recipes - which is odd, as they do grow in England]