This morning’s mission was to bake something for morning tea that we could enjoy after we went to the library.
Sultana and Date Pudding Cake
A light hearted look at my mornings baking with my toddler and infant "helping".
Author: Simone Emery
Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 8 Slices
- ½ cup of dried dates
- ½ cup of sultanas
- 1 tsp bicarb soda
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- ⅓ cup white sugar
- 1 large egg
- ⅔ cup of self-raising flour
- ⅓ cup of wholemeal flour
- pinch of all spice
- pinch of cinnamon
- 2 tbsp Milo
- 3 tbsp vanilla yoghurt
- Look up a recipe via pinterest or google and decide to make it if you have at least half the ingredients and only a few manageable substitutions. (I have seriously adapted a Jamie Oliver sticky date pudding for this recipe today.)
- Commit the recipe to memory as best you can. Checking the directions half way through is just not likely to happen - unless you grow a third arm.
- Place your infant in the highchair nearby and blow some raspberries for their enjoyment
- Have your toddler painstakingly count the dates into the cup measure. Stop when they have counted to 5 three times or at least half filled the cup. Put the dates into the blender.
- Have the toddler put little fist fulls of sultanas into the cup measure until you think it's a half cup - Its just hard to tell as the toddler decides the sultanas are their treasure and you can't possibly be allowed to look at them. Try and coerce the toddler to let you put the half cup of sultanas into the blender. Take the sultanas off of the toddler who is surprisingly unagreeable to giving you them. Stop the resulting tantrum by giving the toddler a few sultanas in each hand to eat now.
- Put the jug on to boil and find a toy for the infant to play with in the high chair so that you feel they are getting some valuable motor skill development.
- Add the bicarb soda to the blender.
- Add 1 cup of boiling water to the blender and let it soak the dates and sultanas.
- Preheat the oven to 180oC.
- Pick up the toy that the infant has dropped and tell them that you won't take too long to get this cake in the oven. In the meantime, make sure you don't see, but your toddler will turn the dial on the oven from "fan bake" to "grill" and turn the temperature up to 250oC.
- Melt the coconut oil in the microwave quickly and add this to the sugar in a large mixing bowl. Mix them together thoroughly before letting your toddler help you crack the egg into the bowl.
- Use the remaining egg shell to help you dig out the egg shell that accidentally got into the mix.
- Wash your hands and the toddler's again to remove the raw egg they've just been poking.
- Add the flours, spices and Milo and let your toddler mix the batter.
- Pick up the toy for the infant again and warn the kids about the loud noises the blender is about to make.
- Now that the date mixture has soaked for 10 minutes (ideally - but honestly you can't really remember how long they've been soaking) blitz it into a paste.
- Stir the date paste into the rest of the cake and then fold through the yoghurt.
- You notice that the oven is on 250oC! Ahh you quickly turn it back down to 180oC and ask the toddler in all seriousness if they were playing with the oven. You don't get a great response but you give a timely lecture on how the oven is for mummy to use and that it is hot.
- You grease and line a baking tin (which you know should have been done at the start - but never understand why it is always says to do it at the start of recipes)
- You pick up the toy for the infant from the ground again, reassure them that you are nearly finished and then you hoist the toddler up on your hip to help pour the batter into the tin.
- You reluctantly let the toddler lick their fingers once they are done knowing that raw egg was used in the recipe but can't be bothered having that argument again when they are just so happy to do it.
- You put the cake on the bottom shelf of the oven and set the timer for 35mins before whisking the kids out of the kitchen to read some books.
- You come back to the cake when the timer goes off and realize that you've just grilled it for 35 minutes. You laugh (better than crying), turn the oven onto fan bake again, cover the top with foil to hopefully stop it from really burning and then text your BFF the details of your toddlers antics.
- After 10 mins you realize you are running late for the library. You turn off the oven and let the cake sit in the residual heat hoping it will cook through while you are out for about an hour.
- Buy a slice of carrot cake at the bakery for morning tea instead.
- Come home and realize that you did manage to pull off a good looking cake after all. Enjoy a slice for yourself while the kids watch Playschool later in the day.