There’s a female Chef in every, known, generation of my maternal family tree. No surprise then, that I ended up in a kitchen.
The humble nutloaf, has been doing the rounds in my family for years. From my late Aunty Colleen, it took years of coaxing for her to divulge the recipe, funny thing that, she was as stubborn as moi!!
1/4 cup whole nuts
1 cup whole dates
1 cup boiling hot water
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 tablespoon date, apple syrup or golden syrup
1 very small egg
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup plain flour
Handful of dried mixed fruit- Sultanas or raisins best.
Method: Soak dates in hot water & bicarb for 1/2 hour. Mix everything together until a sloppy batter. Oil tin well, pile in & bake 175 C for 35 minutes. Turn out to cool on rack.
I had a serious collection of old nutloaf tins, but weaned them out before moving here & now I only have ONE!!! oopsy..