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Date Slices

Date Slices

This recipe really stands the test of time and I have been making it since the late 1970's. It is oat based and has no added sugar in the date filling. Made with a plant based or dairy free fat then it is suitable for vegans. What the current rage of clean eating, vegan and sugar free cakes, breakfast bars and superfoods then I suggest that you just give this old fashioned recipe a try. Dried apples, apricots and prunes all work well in the filling. Just substitute for the dates.

  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

12 hot cross buns for Easter. The dough can be made the night before and the first rise allowed to take place in the fridge, but check that it has doubled in size before knocking back and kneading.  Serve warm from the oven with butter.

A note about yeast - Active dried yeast and fresh yeast both need to be dissolved in liquid and activated with a little sugar before using. Quick action or instant yeast can be added directly to the dry ingredients without dissolving. Quantity wise using fresh yeast means doubling the quantity of active dried yeast. For quick action/instant yeast follow the manufacturers directions although as a guide half the amount of active dried yeast will be required.

  • Time: Allow 3 hours - to include rising time
  • Complexity: medium

Quincemeat

Quincemeat

This recipe is inspired by Nigella and an old Frances Bissell recipe. I have based it on my own traditional Christmas mincemeat recipe which I make every October, the recipe being handed down through my family. The ratio of quinces versus the usual cooking apples is greater in this adaption and so the storing time may be reduced. I keep my quincemeat in the fridge but a cool larder would do. I have a test jar in my pantry so will report back at some stage on its' keeping quality. This recipe will make about 4 kg and is best made in a mincer if you have one. If not a food processor will do, but go steady and don't over process or you will have pulpmeat.

  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Spiced Fruit Tea Loaf

Spiced Fruit Tea Loaf

This is a fat free recipe for those looking for a dairy free cake. The dried fruit is soaked in tea to make it juicy and plump.Try making it with different types of dried fruit such as apricots, dates or figs and also different teas. Earl Grey or Lapsang Souchong both work well. The cake keeps very well in a tin for a week.

  • Time: 1 hr to soak the fruit then 1 hr to prepare and bake
  • Complexity: easy