Recipe / Rosalba’s date and apple cake

Rosalba Velletri / Slow Food Perth 01 Aug 2007

1 cup chopped pitted dates
2 cups peeled, cored, diced apple (2 medium apples)
1 ¼ cups boiling water
1 tsp baking soda
150g (3/4 cup) soft butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
Icing sugar to dust

Combine dates, apple and water in a bowl. Stir in soda. Cool. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add egg and beat well. Beat in essence. Sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Fold apple mixture and dry ingredients into creamed mixture. Transfer to a greased 22cm round cake tin that has had the base lined with baking paper. Bake at 180C for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave cake in tin for 10 minutes before transferring onto a wire rack to cool. Dust with icing sugar.

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