I had the urge to bake yesterday, I’d been clearing out and tidying up all my cake supplies and saw that there was half a bag of dates that could do to be used up. As always my thoughts drifted towards the various blog challenges that I like to join. I flipped through an old Bero cookbook and saw a Date and Walnut Cake. But that wouldn’t do for any challenge but if I added cocoa powder and some coffee…it would fit with this month’s We Should Cocoa!
And so the Chocca-Mocha Date and Walnut Loaf was born. ‘We should Cocoa’ is a challenge created by Choclette at Chocolate Log Blog and Chele at Chocolate Teapot, but this month is being guest hosted by Lucy at The Kitchenmaid.
Heat the oven to 180C. Grease and line a 1lb loaf tin
the dates ( I cut them with scissors as it’s easier)
the dates in a bowl, add the pinch of bicarbonate of soda.
the boiling water into a jug to 150ml and add the instant coffee
the coffee over the dates and bicarb.
the butter and sugar, then gradually beat in the egg.
in the flour, nuts, chocolate and lastly the dates
the mixture into the lined tin and
for about 1 ¼ hours until firm.
Cool on a wire rack, serve sliced with or
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