Baked Boston bread

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1 packet (500g) self raising flour
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons syrup
125g margarine
2 eggs
2 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon bi-carb
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
500g dates
Put dates, sugar, margarine and bi-carb into boiling water.
When cooled add dry ingredients and beaten eggs.
Bake in a greased pan at 160 degrees Celcius for 1 1\2 hours.
Instead of using only dates, 250g fruit and nuts and 250g dates can be used.

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