Date and Ginger Loaf

This is a hybrid loaf with the best aspects of both a Date loaf and a Gingerbread. With 2 types of ginger it definitely has a strong ginger flavour. If you like a lighter flavour you can reduce the powdered ginger or leave out the crystallised ginger. 

This makes a small loaf. If you have a large loaf tin you can double the recipe but it will require a longer cooking time. To check doneness, insert a skewer to see that it comes out clean

1/2 cup finely chopped dates

1/2 cup chopped crystallised ginger + a few more pieces sliced for the top 

1/3 cup boiling water

1 tspn baking soda

50 gm butter

1 T molasses or golden syrup

1/2 cup dark cane sugar 

1 egg 

1 T dried powdered ginger

1 t mixed spice

1 cup plain flour

1 t baking powder 

2/3 cup milk 

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