A gently spiced cake made with good-quality dates and their syrup, and topped with lashings of rich toffee sauce
If you visit the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, you will find an Assyrian horse built from cans of date syrup. It is a political statement. Dates are the most ancient cultivated fruit, with archaeological evidence suggesting they were farmed in the region (now Iraq) as far back as 5000BC. There are more than 600 varieties of dates in Iraq. Due to sanctions still imposed on Iraq today, it is near-impossible to buy date syrup direct from Iraq, but you can get other types online. It’s delicious, thought to contain high levels of antibacterial compounds and a brilliantly versatile ingredient. For recipe follow this link.