Lyn Jacobsen can whip up a date loaf without even looking at the recipe.
As a member of the Pleasant Hill’s Country Women’s Association, Ms Jacobsen has won awards for her cooking.
Ms Jacobsen encouraged any new cooks not to be afraid of starting, everyone makes mistakes.
“I remember at school in cooking class for the assessment we were told to make a white sauce,” she said.
“I thought they meant the savoury one, let’s just say it was not what I was meant to do.”
Start with simple things and build up confidence is the way to go, Ms Jacobsen said.
“Don’t start complicated because you will immediately feel you can’t do it,” she said.
“When I first joined the CWA I didn’t actually cook.
“With the CWA competitions I started to learn and really enjoyed it.”
Date Loaf Recipe
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 1cup dates
- 1 ¼ cups of water
- 1 teaspoon of carb soda
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- Put the butter, sugar, dates and water on the stove (in a large saucepan) and bring to the boil.
- Take off the heat and add the carb soda, this will make the mixture froth (hence the large saucepan).
- Let it cool for at least two hours, or overnight.
- Lyn suggests putting on some gloves and mashing the dates with your hands to make sure there are no stones in the dates.
- Stir in the plain and self-raising flour.
- Bake at 170 degrees for 30-40 mins.
- Serve with butter or plain.