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Monday, 25 January 2010

The Hairy Bikers and the Condensed Milk Cake

For those visiting from other countries, I should really explain that the Hairy Bikers are a couple men from the north of England who drive round the country (and other countries) on their motorbikes making and eating fabulous food. They are so genuine in their enthusiasm and like good down-to-earth food. Their latest series 'Hairy Bikers - Mums know best' takes you into the homes of everyday Mums who make lovely meals. It is one of the highlights of my viewing week (I know, how sad is that lol!).

Anyway, one of the recipes that caught my eye was this Sticky Date Cake which is basically a boiled fruit cake but it is made using a tin of condensed milk. Preparation is minimal but it takes a good 2 and a half hours to bake in a low oven.
This is the baked cake still in it's tin.
That is the unappetising goo that is the boiled mixture before you bake it (I didn't want to put that as the first photo in case you were put off!

and here are a couple of slices of the delicious cake, so where is the recipe, I hear you ask? Click on this link Sticky Date Cake and you too can make a Hairy Biker special.

When I described this cake to friends on the crafting forum I visit. Angelnorth recognised it immediately and, as I have actually visited her in real life, she reminded me that she had served me a piece of this cake on my visit and it comes from a book called "Food from the Place Below".

It seems that the original link to this recipe has been removed, so I have linked to another copy of it which has been posted on the BBC Good Food website as "Sticky Date Cake".  I have checked it against the original recipe in the Mum's Know Best cookbook and it is the same.

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At 25 January 2010 at 20:11 , Anonymous Wendy said...

I swear, I am going to track you down and knock on your door when it's time for coffee! That looks divine!

At 25 January 2010 at 21:13 , Blogger Traceyr said...

yum yum yum - sent us a thick slice Janice.

I liked the look of this when I saw the bikers made it on tv - I will definitely have a go at this one.



At 25 January 2010 at 22:27 , Blogger Charlene said...

Oooh, I love the Hairy Bikers and have been watching Mums Know Best too! Cake looks amazing!

At 25 January 2010 at 23:22 , Anonymous MaryMoh said...

My favourite ingredients there....condensed milk and dates. Looks very moist & delicious too. Would be great with a cup of tea.

At 26 January 2010 at 09:06 , Blogger Angelnorth said...

Interestingly, the dried fruit is different - Food from the Place Below uses just dates and raisins. Everything else is the same though, down to the inclusion of a bit of marmalade! It keeps really well (if it gets chance!) - enjoy!

At 26 January 2010 at 09:30 , Blogger Scrappy~Sarah said...

mmm yummm

At 26 January 2010 at 12:53 , Anonymous Catherine said...

I'm loving the Hairy Bikers "Mum knows Best" series; the food looks brilliant. I like your strategic photo placement with the gooey mixture pic hee hee! Thanks for sharing, it looks delish!

At 26 January 2010 at 15:03 , Anonymous Caroline said...

It looks gorgeous Janice! Never watched the programme but will have to see what its all about if this cake is anything to go by!

At 26 January 2010 at 21:41 , Blogger The imPerfect Housewife said...

That looks really really good!!! That show sounds hilarious and I bet if I were over there with you, I'd be next to you on the couch watching it! Wouldn't that be fun?? You could interpret for me! ha ha Have a good evening ~ ā™„

At 26 January 2010 at 22:32 , Blogger Helen McGinn said...

Oh, I love the Hairy Bikers! This cake looks divine. I'm a huge fan of this kind of cake, lashings of butter and a huge mug of tea! Mmmmmm.

At 27 January 2010 at 13:46 , Blogger Maggie said...

This is a great looking cake and I couldn't think of a better cake for this time of year.

At 28 January 2010 at 19:51 , Blogger Chele said...

I saw this on the show too, and like you my ears pricked up when the mention of condensed milk came up. Looks great.

At 13 February 2010 at 08:39 , Blogger Deeba PAB said...

Oooh I like this 'Hairy Bike' special you've made Janice. Luscious, and with condensed milk, it's got to be a winner!

At 21 February 2010 at 00:18 , Blogger Kiyi Kiyi said...

Oh yum! My grandma makes a cake like this. It is so good! I might have to try this recipe- it looks so moist and delicious!

At 9 April 2012 at 21:13 , Anonymous Olivia Ashe said...

I love the Hairy bikers and the 2 fat ladies. I think British cooks are the best. They make the best food ;)

At 19 June 2012 at 20:18 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Help me please. Im looking for the recipe of the sticky date cake from Ulverton from the hairy bikers. I could not find it on the BBC site. Googling brought me to your site and i was relieved to find a link to the recipe. Only to find out its not working.......... Please where can i find it. From the Netherlands this cry for help.

At 20 June 2012 at 09:30 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too would like this recipe. Could someone please publish it again.

At 20 June 2012 at 16:10 , Anonymous BaconButty said...

A cry for help from France!

I'm looking for this recipe too... Can someone share it, please?


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