Just in the nick of time here is November's cake.
I had a yearning for an old-fashioned tea bread, something moist, that could be sliced and spread with butter, something plenty of fruit in it and perhaps a bit of crunch too. Tea breads seem right for late autumn with their brown crusts and their spicy fruit hinting at Christmas mince pies to come.
While stocking up on ingredients for the florentines I make at Christmas I noticed bags of mixed dates and walnuts and decided a date and walnut loaf would be just the kind of cake I was looking for.
I was sure I must have a recipe in one of my many cookbooks, but no, nothing quite fit the bill. A google took me straight to the Whitworths recipe page. Their recipe for date and walnut loaf made use of the very bag of mixed dates and walnuts I had just purchased. Problem solved.
Here is the recipe. The only change I made was to use orange juice from a carton because I had no oranges. I used 70 ml which is roughly the amount of juice in one orange. Of course you don't have to use a bag of Whitworth's dates and walnuts. I won't next time because there aren't enough walnuts for my liking. The cake is also very crumbly which wasn't quite what I was looking for, but that said it still tasted delicious.
2012's November cake also included walnuts and is here.
Something else I almost forgot to do this month was to show you my socks which I finished a while ago. Love them.
Today is Advent Sunday and I have dusted off our now decidedly tatty handmade advent calendar. I was all for retiring it this year but Katie has vetoed that idea. We also have our simple white candle which we light each Sunday in advent and then each day from Christmas Day until it's gone.
And lastly here is November's sampler and a reminder that all 58 (!) of my monthly samplers can be found on the black bar under my blog title at the top of the page.