These were the happiest accident, ever. They happened at the end of a long day baking on commission – I found myself with leftover odds and ends of just about anything and I was determined to find a way to use it all.
Coconut and I have always gotten on in a pretty casual sort of way. You know, like that person you know down the road who you see on the same bus sometimes; they’re alright and you vaguely mean to get to know ’em a little better but you just never quite get around to it. It’s not that I have anything against coconut; I just never get around to it.
This is cold weather food right here. Right now, it’s late, I’ve had two car rides and two train journeys to get home, the wind is battering the windows and rain is trying to drill a hole in the pavements outside – I have a feeling that nights like these are what make these gorgeous, gooey centre cakes even better.
Me and Mango have a pretty serious relationship, but me and Dates? Well. Let’s put it this way – I’ve been known after many a long day to disappear off to bed with just a full bowl of medjools and a terrible film for company. As a teenager I had a terrible weakness for the chopped date mix that was sold in solidifed squares in some supermarkets – I’d buy that instead of chocolate. My mum makes hot, paradisically good Sticky Toffee Date pudding every Christmas, without fail. In my opinion, dates are God’s snackfood. Sticky brown sugar and caramel notes with a hit of healthy fibre, you say? Come right this way…
This started out as a Dan Lepard recipe, then evolved into something more my own. I’d like to say that this is because I’m a skilled, brilliant and original baker, but in truth it was because I quickly realized I was missing the two major ingredients and had to scrape substitues in as draft work.
“Interesting.” This descriptor, as you probably all know, is the death toll sound for the experimental baker. It is typically used as a polite, indirect means of letting you know your confections haven’t come out of the oven looking or tasting as pretty as you may have hoped. However, it’s technical dictionary definition is a lot more complimentary to the adventurous amongst us – it’s synonymous with engaging, exciting, attention-catching and mentally pleasing.