Recipe from Summer 2014/15 issue of True Natural Health
Provided by Katinka Day, the Thoughtful Eater

Preparation time 8 minutes; cooking time 35 minutes

This recipe is very simple and definitely a crowd pleaser.

1 cup dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1½ cups water
1 tsp baking soda
60 gm butter alternative; I used Nuttelex chopped into pieces
½ cup brown sugar
Two eggs, whisked
1½ cups self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
2 pears, sliced thinly

Preheat oven to 180°C and grease cake tin.

Place dates, water and baking soda into medium-sized pan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until the dates have a mushy consistency. Remove from heat, and with a fork mash the dates to break them up from one another. Stir in the butter and mix until melted. Then add in the sugar, eggs, self-raising flour, vanilla extract, ginger and cinnamon. With a spatula, gently stir the mixture together.

Arrange the cut pears on the base of your cake tin (if using a circular tin, you could quarter the pears and arrange them in a lovely circular shape) and gently pour the batter over the pears. Place in oven for 35 – 40 minutes. Test with fork and if it comes out clean, it’s ready. Leave for 10 minutes then flip the cake gently onto a serving plate. Serve with natural ice-cream or coconut yoghurt!