Some recipes

For those who asked, a couple of recipes…

First up is the loaf.  The recipe is taken from The Kiwi KissWorkout book – bear in mind it’s intended as a diet recipe so it doesn’t call for many dates but you could certainly use more if you wished.

Jamaican Date and Banana Loaf

8 pitted dates, chopped

4T soft brown sugar

1T golden syrup

4 t butter

1t baking soda

1 1/4 cups boiling water

2 C flour

2 t baking powder

1 t mixed spice

2 mashed bananas

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C

In a bowl place dates, sugar, golden syrup, butter and baking soda.  Cover with the boiling water and leave mixture to cool. 

Sift flour, baking powder and mixed spice into this mixture and mix well.  Then fold in the mashed banana.

Lightly grease a loaf tin and evenly spoon in the mixture.

Bake at 180 for approximately 35-40 minutes until cooked.

I love making loaves, firstly because of the ease of making – no creaming butter and sugar and so on. I also love the lightness on the fats – only 4t of butter in this whole thing. Fabulous. There is also not a lot of sugar for the size loaf it makes.  When we were growing up, if Mum made a loaf, we always knew it wasn’t *for us*.  They either went in the freezer, or were for a shared dinner or outing.  I, on the other hand, tend to make loaves relatively frequently. DH is *supposed* to be cutting down his cholesterol and these are better for him than biscuits.  And the recipes are easy enough to double, so I often make an extra for the freezer. This loaf freezes well and keeps okay too. 

The other recipe I was asked for was the lemon cordial.  I actually sourced this one online here.


3 large lemons

2 cups sugar

3 cups boiling water

2 t tartaric acid

2 t citric acid 

2 t Epsom salts

Grate the lemons and put the zest in a large bowl. Squeeze and strain the lemon juice, then add to the bowl, along with the sugar and boiling water. Add the tartaric acid, citric acid and Epsom salts. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Store in bottles in a cool place. Dilute with water to drink.

I did a bit of reading about the epsoms salts – after I’d bought and used them. Apparently this ingredient can happily be left out without altering the taste. So, while I’ll continue to use it as I bought enough to make cordial with almost every lemon I’ll see this year, you could skip that step. 

I also was thinking about long-term preserving of this cordial.  Obviously this syrup isn’t suitable to preserve – it really needs to be boiled first and put into sterilised bottles for long-term preservation. I’m going to experiment with some and see how it keeps, as it is proving really popular in our household.


3 Responses to “Some recipes”

  1. 1 Angela October 10, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Thank you so much for posting this and it is perfect that it’s a bit of a health-conscious recipe because that fits in with exactly the kinds of things I’m trying to bake right now (pre-Christmas panic at kgs put on over winter!).

  2. 2 Heart Felt October 10, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    That lemonade sounds perfect for summer. x

  3. 3 Sam October 25, 2010 at 10:06 am

    you could always use the Epsom salts for a relaxing bath 😉 .. or Cleaning Handy Hints – Use Epsom Salts for…
    CITRUS TREES – Sprinkle Epsom salts around the roots of citrus trees before watering to help promote fruit growth and development.

    LAUNDRY CARE – To get the stiffness out of new towels, soak them in cold water with a handful of Epsom salts. This helps make towels soft and absorbent, then wash as per usual before using. To help prevent colours from running in new clothes and linen, rinse in cold water with some Epsom salts and then wash as per usual with laundry powder.


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