Beer, craisins and dates cake

Since I bake Aperol, guinness, chocolate-mint with cream cheese and strawberries cake for my brother in-law. My recipe is below. I have taken it up to the next level using beer dates and craisins.

Food from the pantry and fridge. I have some dates and craisins that have been sitting in my pantry for ages. While rummaging for flour and spices, I found I still have two bottles of beer. Why not dump it in to bake the cake.

This cake looks like Christmas fruits cake. The beer and fruits serve to enhance it; the beer with the crunchy craisins and moist centre while the dates gives it a kind of savoury, sticky boost that goes so well with beer too.

This is trial and error and from scratch. Glad it turn out well. I am happy that I have created this cake. Because you are going to have another and be quick for delicious cake won’t stay long on the table. Let’s bake!!!

Ingredients

3 c flour
2 c beer
2 c packed dark brown sugar
3 large eggs
450 g  chopped dates, divided
225 g craisins, divided
250 g butter, softened
300 ml sour cream
2 Tsp baking powder
1 Tsp cinnamon
1/2 Tsp nutmeg powder
1/2 Tsp Moroccan powder

Method

Preheat 180 C. Grease the 10″ tub pan. Place half dates and craisins at the bottom of the tub pan.

Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and Moroccan powder in a bowl, set aside for later. Then combine dates and craisins, stir in small amount of flour mixture to coat, and set aside.

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Next add in the sour cream, beating to mix well. Then add flour mixture alternately with beer, mix with a big spoon till all mix well. Stir in the remaining dates and craisins.

Pour into prepared tube pan. Bake in a for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Insert skewer in and comes out clean. Switch off oven leave cake in oven for 35 minutes. Then bring out to cool in the pan 20 minutes. Now turn out on a rack to cool completely. Wrap in foil and let stand 24 hours before serving. I want it to be intensify flavour from beer and fruits. Then transfer to plate and serve with beer.

Note: Oven temperature vary. You might need less time or more. I use the beer my brother in-law give me: Okinawa sour beer. You can use any beer of your choice. You can omit dates and craisins, use other fruits or chocolate.

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