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It’s been a while, as I’ve been off on holiday enjoying myself, but I’m back with a whole lot of things I’ve been making over the summer, so keep checking for new recipes, starting with this quite autumnal loaf.

110g seeded dates, finely chopped

80ml boiling water

½ tspn bicarbonate of soda

90g maple syrup

90g butter, softened

75g brown sugar

2 eggs

120g wholemeal self-raising flour

75g plain flour

Combine dates and water in a small bowl. Stir in soda; allow to stand for 5 mins. Stir in the syrup.

Meanwhile, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined between additions.

Add butter mixture to date mixture; stir in sifted flours, in two batches.

Pour into a prepared loaf tin.

Bake at 180C in a preheated oven for around 50 mins. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 mins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.