One of the joys (and frustrations) about baking is experimenting with flavours to try and make that new favourite. You either get a roaring success or a dismal failure that ends up in the bin. Thankfully I’ve not had too many failures….although my husband might disagree! Ingredients are expensive and it feels like such a waste of time with no return.
I often see recipes posted by others and save them in my Paprika recipe app with the intention of going back and making them one day. See my previous post on menu planning for more info about the wonders of Paprika.
Anyway, one Sunday morning I was scrolling through my ‘cakes’ folder in Paprika as we had run out yet again of snacks. I dread to think what it will be like when I have two children that eat solid foods. I’ll be baking twice a day!
Monday was shopping day so I didn’t really have much in the way of fresh fruit which is my usual preference for sweeteners in baking. I had saved a coconut and date loaf recipe from Twins and Blog. I had all the ingredients! And it was quick to make because I really loathe recipes with more than a few preparation steps.
As I was getting them out I thought I might jazz it up a bit and make some slight variations.
So here it is! I used my own gluten free self raising flour mix which you can find here. I also use rapadura sugar in place of coconut sugar because rapadura is self sustaining. It grows, we juice it and it doesn’t affect the growth of another component of the plant. Conversely, the nectar taken from the flower of the coconut tree to make coconut sugar affects the growth of the fruit which is the actual coconut itself. You could even try leaving out this extra sugar as the dates are usually more than enough to provide that sweet taste.
The added aromatic spiced flavours also really make the house smell like it’s Christmas.