Sticky ginger loaf

  • Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus soaking
  • Cooking time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes, plus soaking
  • Serves:10


    175g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
    100g dried pitted dates
    3 balls stem ginger, roughly chopped, plus extra to decorate 
    100ml maple syrup
    3 large eggs
    200g ground almonds
    50g rice flour
    1 tsp baking powder 
    1 tsp ground ginger 
    ½tsp salt 

    For the icing:
    50g dried pitted dates, roughly chopped
    3 tbsp stem ginger syrup
    large pinch ground ginger
    125g Philadelphia soft cheese


    1 Preheat the oven to 170 ̊c, gas mark 3; grease and line a 900g loaf tin. cover the dates with boiling water; leave for 10 minutes. drain and whizz in a food processor with the butter, ginger and maple syrup until smooth. add the eggs, then whizz to combine. add the dry ingredients and whizz until just combined.

    2 Tip into the prepared tin, level out the top and bake for 1 hour, until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. (cover with foil for the last 10 minutes if it browns too fast.) leave to cool completely in the tin.

    3 For the icing, soak the dates in 75ml boiling water for 10 minutes, then tip into a blender (ideally a high-speed blender or nutribullet, or use the small bowl of a food processor). add the ginger syrup, ground ginger and a pinch of salt, then blend until smooth; cool completely. using electric beaters, whip the soft cheese briefly, then whip in the date mix. ice the loaf and top with extra stem ginger. 

    Watch this cake being made.

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