Date Honey and orange cake

This lovely moist cake is also excellent as a dessert served with thick cream,

200g dates, chopped

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

200g butter, room temperature

1 tablespoon honey

150g brown sugar

rind of 1 orange

100g ground almonds

150g self-raising  flour

2 eggs, beaten

Set oven 180c gas 4  Line a baking tin 23cm with non stick paper

Place the chopped dates in a bowl with 100ml of boiling water and the bicarbonate of soda.

Set aside to cool. Beat the butter, honey, sugar and orange rind together until light and creamy,

fold in the ground almonds and flour, now mix in the dates, plus the liquid and beaten eggs.

When well mixed, spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 35-40 minutes, cool in the tin.

For dessert serve with poached fruit or oranges in caramel.