Molly Cake

serves 8-10


  • 250g stoned dates, roughly chopped
  • 300ml water
  • 85g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 85g wholemeal flour
  • 500g bag dried, mixed fruit
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 80ml orange juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3 and line a 900g loaf tin with baking parchment.
  2. Put the dates and water in a pan and bring to the boil. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  3. Sieve the plain flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a bowl. Add the wholemeal flour, mixed fruit and ground almonds and stir to combine. Stir in the wet date mixture and the orange juice. Mix well.
  4. Spoon into the loaf tin.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Turn out onto a wire rack and cool

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