We recently bought a box of mixed ephemera at auction.
There were quite a few vintage calendars in the box including this charming Esso calendar dating from 1958. Each month is represented by a traditional activity for the time of year…
…and on the reverse is a recipe from a different county of the UK. I liked the sound of the black bread from Buckinghamshire so decided to test it out for this week’s Cakes & Bakes.
I’m not sure whether it actually hails from Buckinghamshire or not, I couldn’t find any mention of a ‘Buckinghamshire black bread’ on the internet anywhere. Have you ever heard of it?
From its list of ingredients, I presumed it would be a sweet bread, perfect for having with an afternoon cup of tea.
It was really easy to rustle up, I already had everything in the store cupboard. It was quick too, no waiting for the dough to rise; just mix, into a tin and in the oven – job done!
I’ve changed the original cooking temperature and duration. The top began to look a little too ‘black’ and it was definitely fully cooked after an hour.
It’s reminiscent of malt loaf but less sticky and more… treacley! We had a few slices with a healthy layering of butter – divine!
If you fancy giving this recipe a try you can pin it from here for later!
- 125g cashews
- 40g desiccated coconut
- 125g pitted dates
- 2tbs coconut oil
- ½tsp sea salt
- ½tsp vanilla essence
- 1tbs water
- In a food processor, process blitz the cashews and desiccated coconut to fine crumbs
- Add the dates, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt and process again until the mixture forms large, sticky lumps
- Scoop the dough using a measuring teaspoon before rolling between your palms to form balls. If the mixture is too crumbly add another tablespoon of water and blitz again for a few seconds
- Arrange on a baking sheet or plate lined with parchment paper
- Chill in the fridge for an hour before rolling in toasted desiccated coconut and/or cocoa powder to finish
- These can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for 6 months or more