old fashioned date cake recipe

Mixed spice adds a warm flavor to this low-fat, high-fiber cake. Simply serve it on its own, or spread it with butter and honey for an extra special
INGREDIENTS
Makes 1 cake
2½ cups wholemeal
self-raising flour
2 tsp mixed spice
5oz/scant 1 cup chopped dates
20z ½cup chopped walnuts
60ml/4 tbsp sunflower oil
40z/ ½cup dark muscovado sugar
½ h pint/1¼cups skimmed milk
Walnut halves, to decorate
old fashioned date cake recipe
Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line a 900g/2lb loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
2. Sift together the self-raising flour and mixed spice, adding back any bran from the sieve. Stir in the dates
and walnuts.
3. Mix the oil, sugar, and milk, then add to the dry ingredients.MiX well then spoon the mixture into the
prepared tin.
4. Arrange the walnut halves over the top of the cake mixture. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes, or until golden brown and firm. Turn out the cake, remove the lining paper and leave to cool on a wire rack.
VARIATION
pecan nuts can be used in place of the walnuts in this cake if you like.

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