Medjool dates have a soft texture, with a wrinkled skin and sweet flesh. They break down into a delicious pulp when cooked, making them ideal for this recipe, although prepacked chopped dates will also work.
6 Medjool dates, stoned and roughly chopped
handful chopped dried apricots
1 tsp ground spice
2 tbsp honey
150ml orange juice
handful chopped mixed nuts
1 Madeira loaf cake
Put the dates in a small pan with the apricots, spice and honey, then pour over the orange juice. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 mins, until the dates have broken down and you have a thick, syrupy sauce. Stir in the nuts.
Cut the cake in half lengthways, on the horizontal. Use a 150ml ramekin to cut out 4 circles from the cake. Divide the date mix between the 4 ramekins, then top with the circles of cake, pressing them down gently. Cover with cling film and microwave on high for 3 mins, then turn out onto a plate and serve with cream or ice cream.
479 kcalories, protein 7g, carbohydrate 83g, fat 15g, saturated fat 7g, fibre 4g, sugar 63g, salt 0.82g