Lumberjack cake

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I am a mega fan of the dishwasher. I never used or own a dishwasher until we renovated our place 2 years ago. Can you imagine the amount of hand washing that Mister and I did all these years? We love cooking and entertaining at home. Dish washing back then was super hard work but on occasions, I have to admit that it can be rather therapeutic.

Our dishwashing machine is well utilise over the weekend when more cooking and baking is done and  especially so when there are guests over for dinner. One thing that I learnt about the machine is to use a good dishwasher detergent. I have tried different brands and the best one that I stick to is the Finish Quantum dishwasher detergent. I really hate it when the cycle is done and the some of the dishes or glasses are still stained or still dirty. If I have to wash it again by hand, then what is the point really?

I am not sure how I chance upon this lumberjack cake recipe but I thought it was quite perfect as it was also an opportunity to use up more flour, more sugar, butter, leftover prunes and coconut flakes before the move.

my baking mess

my baking mess

I am an organised messy cook. There is a lot of mess around me when I cook but by the time I am done, most of the stuff will be in the dishwasher or washed up.  As there are only 2 of us, it usually takes a day worth of cooking to stake up the whole dishwasher efficiently. It is really easy if you are using Quantum. There is little need to rinse dirtied dishes. All you have to do is to scrape off the excess and chuck it into the dishwasher. Very easy, saves water and time!

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This is our cake mess, lunch and random morning coffee cups. No rinsing required!

My cake mess

My cake mess

I am not too sure about this cake. It is really weird that bicarbonate soda is added to the fruits and not the flour. Can someone explain why this is so? Curiosity is going to kill Jeroxie.

Lumberjack mix

Lumberjack mix

Also why this cake called lumberjack cake?

pouring coconut mix onto lumberjack cake

pouring coconut mix onto lumberjack cake

This cake is skewed towards the sweet side. And it is also baked twice. The cake is super moist from the coconut mixture that is added after 1 hour of baking in the oven and then baked for a further 15mins to get the golden sweet crunch you see in the photo.

Lumberjack cake

Lumberjack cake

Recipe taken from theage.com

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 Ingredients:

  •  125g butter, plus extra for greasing cake tin
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, cored and diced small
  • 185g dates
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup or 128g sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 11/2 cup or 200g  plain flour
  • ½⁄ tsp salt

For the topping:

  • ½ or 110g cup brown sugar
  • 60g butter
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 60g shredded coconut
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Butter and line a loaf tin (14cm x 24cm). Peel, core and cut the apples into small pieces. Chop the dates and mix with the apples and bicarb soda. Pour the boiling water over the top and leave to cool until lukewarm
  2. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well. Sift the flour and salt
  3. Alternating between the two, add flour and apple to the creamed mixture. Pour into the tin and bake for 1 hour or until cooked when tested with a skewer
  4. For the topping, mix the sugar with the butter, milk and coconut in a small saucepan over a low heat. Spread over the cooked cake
  5. Return the cake to the oven and bake for another 15 min until topping is golden and crunchy
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This cake is really interesting. I can’t decide if I like it or not? And to be honest, I missed a step when making this cake. I did not add water to the prunes and apples but it still turned out really moist and quite light. After chatting with a few friends tonight about this cake, it seems that this recipe has been replicated by a couple and the water made the cake really soggy? So maybe it is a blessing in disguise or the water does need to be drained off before adding the prunes and apple mix into the cake batter? Can anyone confirm this?

By the way, it seems to be a hit with Mister. I came back to a half eaten cake….. and wonder why he blames me for his expanding waistline?

lumberjack cake

lumberjack cake

The dirt dishes went into the dishwasher the night before. I took this shot in the morning before I went to work. No fuss. All cleaned and shiny. It’s that easy.

Finish Quantum dishwasher detergent

Finish Quantum dishwasher detergent