It is the holidays today. Term has reached that mid point and the school has taken an inset day so that the teachers can learn all things scientific for the day.
My eldest is practically bouncing off the walls as tomorrow he believes he is going abroad on holiday. We are actually heading across the Severn bridge to Wales for the week with my parents. Yes it will probably be cold and most likely will rain but we have booked a cosy cottage with views of the sea and a castle on the doorstep to explore so all will be good!
So an egg free dairy free cake and shortbread to take so that our 20 month old boy does not feel he is missing our in tea rooms! He is starting to twig when everyone else is eating something different and gives you a look that just brings on the guilt….
Sticky Date Loaf
180g dates, stones removed and chopped
200g dark brown soft sugar
55g PURE margarine ( most supermarkets sell it)
250ml boiling water
220g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6. Line a 23x13cm loaf tin.
2. In a large bowl, combine dates, brown sugar , PURE and boiling water. Let stand 15 minutes. (I blitzed it with a hand-blender at this point so less chewing required by my little one)
3.Stir in flour, bicarb and vanilla.
4. Pour batter into prepared tin.
5.Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes but check at 30minutes and cover with foil if not quite cooked to stop it burning . Cooked when inserted skewer is clean on removal.Allow to cool.