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This fabulous dessert has been developed by the head chef, Michael Robinson, at Margan Restaurant. Margan is an award winning restaurant in Broke Fordwich, a region of the Hunter Valley, and has recently been named as one of the top 10 Regional NSW restaurants by Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide 2014.

Ingredients

125 g self raising flour

1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger

½ teaspoon of mixed spice

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

2/3 cup light olive oil

2 free range eggs

2 cups grated carrot

1/2 cup chopped dates

½ cup chopped pistachio nuts

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line an 18cm spring form bake tin with Gladbake (or similar).
  3. Sift flour, spices and sugar together.
  4. Lightly beat oil and eggs together and add to flour.
  5. Beat with an electric beater for about a minute until smooth.
  6. Fold in dates, nuts and carrots.
  7. Pour into tin and bake for an hour. Cool.

To Serve

In the Margan Restaurant, it is served with fried carrot ribbons (shredded carrot – do this with a peeler – deep fried in clean oil, drained and cooled); vanilla creme anglaise and praline pistachios (toffee coated pistachios). Or a simple dusting of icing sugar works well.

Recipe by Head Chef Michael Robinson of Margan Restaurant based in the beautiful Broke Fordwich wine sub-region of the Hunter Valley. Known as ‘the tranquil side of the Hunter Valley’, the region offers an authentic, rustic and stunningly picturesque destination for travellers wanting a relaxed getaway. For more information visit brokefordwich.com.au.