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Easy Baking is a Marks & Spencer book of recipes for Cakes, Slices & Bars, Cookies and Small Bakes, and Desserts.
I thought this little book looked too tempting to resist and one afternoon decided to make the Sticky Toffee Cake, one of my favourite cakes – and I had all the ingredients to hand. It really is an easy recipe. You need:
- 75g sultanas
- 150g stoned dates, chopped
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 25g butter
- 200g soft dark brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 200g self-raising flour, sifted
Cover sultanas, dates and bicarb with boiling water and leave to soak. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F and grease a 7 inch/18cm square cake tin. Mix butter and sugar together, beat in the eggs and fold in the flour, drain the soaked fruits, add to the bowl and mix. Spoon mixture into the cake tin and then bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
The recipe also includes a sticky toffee sauce, but I didn’t have the ingredients for that – it was still delicious, sweet and moist, without it. I’ll make it next time.
There are lots more recipes I’ll try making – including Jewel-topped Madeira Cake, which is topped with sliced glacé fruits glazed with honey, Chocolate Chip and Walnut Slices, Viennese Chocolate Fingers and Manhatton Cheesecake, which looks amazing with a digestive biscuit base and topped with a blueberry sauce.
11 thoughts on “Weekend Cooking: Easy Baking”
So happy to see you link up! When I lived in the UK I used to like M&S recipes, so I bet this book is a winner.
I didn’t know M&S did recipe books. Fab. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter!
I love dates! This sounds delicious! Do you just drain the dates and raisins and add them in at the end before baking?
Oops! Thanks Laurie, yes you do! I missed that important bit out – and have now added it.
I love date bread, and usually use a recipe in the Desperate Housewives Cookbook, which is similar to this one!
I’d love a slice of this with a cup of tea. Sounds like a great little recipe book! 😉
Aloha, Deb–Kahakai Kitchen
That sounds easy and looks really good! Pinning it!
Oh, that does look good, Margaret! And it’s nice to know that the recipe is easy, too. Thanks for sharing.
This looks and sounds delicious. I will have to leave out the sultanas and add in more dates though as J hates sultanas and raisins, they’re like blisters apparently!
This recipe sounds really delicious and pretty simple to make too. I think I will give it a try
I love Sticky Toffee Pudding…preferably with custard 🙂 This looks like a really simple recipe to follow too. I hope you enjoy more recipes from this cookbook, and have time to share with us.
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