Baking with ProCook – Date and Walnut Loaf

Date and Walnut Loaf
Date and Walnut Loaf

We are in the process of testing the full silicone baking range from ProCook – all 6 pieces of it… At first we thought that we will make something we normally bake, you know one of our favourite recipes, but once the bakeware arrived we noticed that on the external packaging with every mould there was a recipe on the back, a suggested use of the mould… so we decided that it would be good to try and re-create them.

Today is day one of our adventure with ProCook and so we created a Date and Walnut Loaf following the easy steps as provided on the back of the packaging.

Date and Walnut Loaf Recipe - really easy to follow
Date and Walnut Loaf Recipe – really easy to follow

I will write below all the ingredients and steps as seen in the pictures, just in case you want to make it yourself, so it is easier to copy/paste.

That's all you need...
That’s all you need…
... and now in correct measurements...
… and now in the correct measurements…

Ingredients:

  • 100g chopped dates
  • 100g chopped walnuts
  • 175g plain flour
  • 175g butter
  • 175g light soft brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 25g whole walnuts to decorate

Method:

Ready for action!
Ready for action!

Lightly grease the silicon loaf mould; we had to do this as recommended for the initial use.

Soaking time...
Soaking time…

Place chopped dates in heat proof bowl and add 4 tbsp of boiling water and set aside for 10 minutes.

Mixing steps
Mixing steps

Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.

Sift the flour and add beaten eggs and mix well.

Now drain the dates and add to the mixture with the chopped walnuts, and stir to combine.

Finishing touches
Finishing touches

Turn the mixture into a loaf mould.

Arrange walnut pieces on top and bake in an oven at 170C / 325F / Gas 3 for about 50 minutes.

Ready when inserted skewer comes out clean.

Time to cool down!
Time to cool down!

Turn out and cool on a wire rack.

Cut to desired slices and enjoy!

Yummy
Yummy

This was first time we have baked a loaf like this, of course we have had a Date and Walnut cake, it is after all a popular cake, but this is the first attempt at creating one.

The task complete we are left with the impression that it must rank as one of the easiest cakes to make in the world, 15 minutes from initial thought to popping it in the oven. OK that may be extended if like us you own a tired old cooker that wheezes and puffs it way to temperatureJ.

For the hour of cooking, our cake took a little longer than the stated 50 minutes, the kitchen was filled with a wonderful aroma and we were positively salivating to try out the cake. Patience is a virtue often in short supply and this was one of those times…

Once cooked we let it cool for half an hour in the mould before trying to remove it, and what a pleasant surprise, it just fell out there was no need for cutting around the cake to help ease it out like in a traditional tin.

Then comes the part we all love and enjoy, no not the eating… patience remember, I am talking about the washing up! Even this is not a problem for they are dishwasher safe and come up a treat. One thing that you will need to do, or at least we do maybe it’s because of our dishwasher, but when you come to unload the dishwasher the moulds will still be wet so you need to air dry them on a draining board before storing, not bad as problems go hey. For those readers not blessed with the joy of a dishwasher rest assured the silicone moulds are very easy to clean; which is handy as you are not meant to use any scrubbing brushes on them or you will ruin them.

So in conclusion our feelings after day one of six are that the moulds do the job admirably, easy to work with and easy to clean. If you are a traditionalist and only cook in tins then our experience today would make us urge you to try this new fangled modern cooking utensil, you will enjoy the benefits brought from the new materials.

Review – Family Favourites – Soreen

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Every family has their favourite in regards to food, for us it is Soreen. We all love it and enjoy every mouthful.

So what is Soreen?

For all of you who don’t know, never seen it or have never tried it – Soreen is a fruity malt loaf; soft and sticky, extremely tasty, surprisingly nutritious and even more surprisingly low in fat. I have heard people referring to is as “sticky bread”, “black bread” or fruit bread”.

Soreen has been baking fruity malt bread for 75 years now. The original recipe one is still the same but there are a lot of new additions to the Soreen family:

  • Soreen Limited Edition Chocolate Malt
  • Soreen Lunchbox Loaves
  • Soreen Toastie Loaf
  • Soreen Snackers
  • Soreen Banana
  • Soreen Apple & Sultana
  • Soreen Snack
  • Soreen sliced
  • Soreen Cinnamon & Raisin
  • Soreen Fruity-Five
  • Soreen Go Bar

That’s a great choice and everyone can pick something for themselves. Different flavours and different sizes of loaf – perfect for every snacking occasion, from the family breakfast where we can all share one loaf to single serving’s for the school lunch box.

Soreen Toastie Loaf
Soreen Toastie Loaf

From this huge selection of Soreen goodies I have found a few new favourites myself. One of them is the Toastie Loaf. The main reason I prefer it just a bit more over others is the fact that is it not messy. It comes in a big pack, already pre-cut into thick slices perfect for toasting. I don’t have to spend 5 minutes trying to cut it into perfect slices, which is only possible with original loaf after years of practise (don’t get me wrong I still love the original loaf as well, but I’m not always in the mood for sticky bread wrestling… sometimes I just want to eat… now). Also because of its size it makes a perfect toastie… hence the name of the loaf I guess 🙂 and with a bit of butter… yummy… I think I just made myself hungry again…

Soreen Snack
Soreen Snack

The second product which in my opinion deserves special recognition is the Soreen Snack. This is Soreen for lazy people and I sometimes belong to that group (don’t deny it, you do to). A Soreen Snack equates to two slices of Soreen fruity malt load, already buttered and neatly packed in a single serving wrapper. This is a perfect product for when you’re on the go. The packet itself is small enough to fit into your handbag, backpack, or even your pocket so you can retrieve it and munch away whenever needed. Perfect as an energy booster at home or in the office when you pushed for time and every minute counts. It is also great as an emergency snack in the car… imagine you are all stuck in a traffic jam, which seems to be every journey now a day’s, wishing you had something to eat… a Soreen Snack is just perfect for those moments, I know I have the T-shirt…

Soreen Lunchbox Loaves
Soreen Lunchbox Loaves

The third product which I would like to describe in more detail is the Soreen Lunchbox Loaves. These are mini loaves of original or banana flavoured Soreen. A Multi-pack contains five individually wrapped bite size loaves. Each bar provides less than 100 calories and less than 0.3g saturated fat. These are perfect for school lunch boxes or just as a quick snack. Again, this product is an ideal choice for an “on the go” snack, when we need a quick energy boost or just fancy a small bite.

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Taking into consideration all the flavoured Soreen available like Soreen Banana, Soreen Apple & Sultana and Soreen Cinnamon & Raisin – I have decided that the banana one is my favourite. We tried them all when they first came into our local shop. We bought one each just to check them out and see if they are as tasty as the original one… surprise, surprise they are. What is the most pleasing thing about them though, they really taste of the fruits stated on the pack. Soreen Banana is much lighter in colours and tastes like squished bananas… again yummy, and again I am hungry…

I never tried the Soreen Chocolate… I have no idea how I could have missed that one! Yet obviously, I did. A fact that will soon be rectified, trust me.

An added bonus about Soreen – you can buy it almost everywhere. Every supermarket or food store chain stocks it… ok they may not have the full selection, but they will always have something from the Soreen family.

And if you are a fan of Soreen you might want to follow them on Twitter @SoreenHQ; where at this moment they have a fantastic competition – win a year’s supply of Soreen! Wouldn’t that be just awesome!

So, are you a Soreen lover? Which one is your favourite?

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I received a selection of loaves from Soreen for review purposes. All opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.