Fairtrade Tea and Honey Cake

Posted by Nathan Lloyd | 28/02/2014 | Category: Fairtrade

We continue our celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight (24th Feb – 9th March) with a scrumptious Fairtrade Tea and Honey Cake that is perfect for an 11 o'clock break with a nice cup of Fairtdae 99 tea!

The recipe is detailed below and, as always, we would love to hear your feedback at the foot of this article.

• Preparation Time:  Around 10 mins
• Cooking Time: 40 mins
• Serves:  4

Ingredients – For the tea and date puree

  • 175g (6oz) The Co-operative Wholefoods chopped dates
  • 100ml (3.5fl oz) cold strong The Co-operative Fairtrade 99 tea

Ingredients – For the cake

  • 225g (8oz) The Co-operative self-raising flour
  • 1/2tsp ground cinnamon
  • 175g (6oz) The Co-operative butter- softened
  • 100g (4oz) The Co-operative Fairtrade soft brown sugar
  • 4tbsp The Co-operative Fairtrade honey
  • 3 The Co-operative free range eggs, beaten
  • 80g The Co-operative wholefoods walnut pieces


Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4)

Line an 8in x 10in (20 cm x 25 cm) tin with non-stick parchment paper.

To make the date puree place the chopped dates into a pan with the cold tea and simmer gently for 5 minutes until the dates are soft and the liquid is absorbed. Mash or blend the dates until smooth and set aside until cool.

Place the flour, cinnamon, butter, sugar, 2 tablespoons of the honey and the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Beat the mixture for 2-3 minutes, using a wooden spoon or hand-held mixer, until well blended.

Gently stir the dates into the mixture then spoon into the prepared tin and level the top. Scatter the walnut pieces over.Bake for 30-40 minutes until well risen and golden.

Cool slightly in the tin then drizzle over the remaining honey and cut into squares.


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