Here is the recipe:
This is a slightly healthier version of this favourite cake
1 cup (200g) dates, chopped
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon bi-carb soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons light olive oil or macadamia nut oil
2 eggs or 4 egg whites
3 medium sized apples, peeled and finely chopped
1 1/2 cups S/R flour
pinch of sea salt
Preheat oven 180c, prepare cake/loaf tin, line with baking paper or lightly oil and flour.
Place dates, water and maple syrup in a pan. Heat until just starting to boil, take off heat, stir in bi-carb. Lightly break up dates with a fork or masher. Cool for 10 minutes, add vanilla, eggs and oil, mix well.Place chopped apples in a large mixing bowl, pour over date mixture and mix well. Sift flour and salt together and add to fruit, mix to form a batter.Spoon into tin and bake for approximately 50 minutes until cooked through. Cover with foil half way through cooking if necessary.
Most lumberjack cakes have a coconut topping, the above recipe did not, however the following could be added.
30g butter, 20 g light olive oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded coconut
Place all ingredients in a saucepan bring to a low rolling boil for 4 minutes. When cake is cooked place topping over cake and return to oven to brown topping, approx 20 minutes. It's a good idea to place the cake tin on a tray after adding the topping in case any bubbles over.
Lovely for morning tea or served warm with custard or ice cream!
Thanks again for sharing the recipe, ellimay.