Tea and the Art of Friendship
English breakfast date cake
Saturday morning I went to whole foods to purchase the ingredients. I ended up with:
- dozen eggs
- domino light brown sugar
- iodized salt
- baking powder
- king Aurthur all-purpose flour
- fresh dates
- pound salted butter
- Tazo Jasmine Pearls
- Tazo cucumber white
I could not find the self-rising flour.
Ingredients (serves 6)
- 3 tbs English breakfast tea leaves
- x2=9 tbs
- 1 tbs = 3 tsp
- I don't have English breakfast
- My Russian Morning Kusmi only had 12 or so...
- 250g Trident pitted dates, roughly chopped
- I bought fresh dates, with pits - so i cut them up and removed the pits
- 14.16 ounces = 401.429247 grams a little shy of the amount of dates needed, and this was measured when they had pits
- 1 3/4 cups (265g) self-raising flour
- I used normal flour then added baking powder and salt How To Make Self-Rising Flour
- 1/4 cup (40g) plain flour
- 3/4 cup (155g) brown sugar
- It didn't say dark, or light, so I selected light.
- 125g butter, melted
- 250 grams = 8.81849049 ounces
- I ended up using 2.25 sticks ~ 9.2 oz
- 2 eggs, lightly whisked
- Butter, to serve
Preheat oven 160°C. Converted C to F and pre-heated the oven to 320&def;F
Grease a 22cm x 11cm loaf pan. I had a 8.5"x8.5" pan as my smallest pan, so i went with a square cake pan and decided to double the recipe.
Combine the tea leaves and 1 1/3 cups (330ml) boiling water in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil over a medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1-2 minutes. Strain through a piece of muslin over a bowl, squeezing out all the liquid from the tea leaves. Discard the tea leaves. I tried to use 2 and 2/3 c water and all my tea leaves and lost track of them boiling, I hope it wasn't too short or too long.
Place the dates in a bowl and pour over the tea. Allow to cool, then cover and set aside overnight. What consistency was it supposed to be? mine was a lot of liquid with dates sitting at the bottom. I let it sit as long as it took me to mix up the batter.
Sift the flours into a large bowl, stir in the sugar. Add the date mixture, butter and eggs and stir until just combined.
Spoon the mixture into pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Set aside to cool. Serve sliced with butter.
So I lacked large enough bowls, and just tossed everything into the biggest one i could find and tried to stir. I don't think it got mixed well, and I also think it was too watery and I must have measured wrong somewhere. Hopefully it turns out edible!
Update: Grandmother and Grandfather both liked the cake, it turned out like a very moist spice cake with date bits in it. Victory!