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- Step 1
Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line base and sides of a 7cm deep, 18cm (base) square cake pan.
- Step 2
Place butter, dates, sugar, ginger, 1 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Step 3
Remove from heat. Stir in bicarbonate of soda (mixture will foam). Transfer mixture to a bowl. Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes to cool slightly.
- Step 4
Add egg to date mixture and mix well. Sift flour over mixture and stir gently to combine. Spoon into pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into squares. Serve.