Pop Cracknell’s Date cake

A great classic the good old date cake!!!
This recipe has been handed down through generations of ZaDada’s family. I feel very honoured to be able to share it with you all. As far as I have been told it was originally baked by ZaDada’s late Great Grandfather of Picton in Sydney it was his specialty. ZaDada’s late Grandfather Fred continued the baking of this cake and in turn passed it on to his daughters which is how I came to obtain my copy.
This is an easy but delicious cake to make. It is especially amazing warm straight from the oven with a helping of butter!!!

2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup brown sugar
125g butter, cubed small
1 cup dates, chopped finely
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt

Rub butter into flour,

until mixture is of breadcrumb consistency,

add sugar, dates, salt and stir to combine.
Mix eggs and milk together in a small bowl, add to the dry ingredients and stir.
Mixture will still appear to have fine lumps this is fine and is quite a thin mixture but that’s ok.

Bake in an 8 inch cake tin greased and lined in an oven of 175 degrees celsius for 3/4 hour or until a knife inserted comes out just clean.
I hope you all enjoy this cake, it certainly holds lots of fond memories for ZaDada’s family.
There is nothing quite like sitting down with a good cup of tea and a delicious piece of date cake!!!



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