Fold in the dates (and any liquid in the bowl, if there is any) and mix just until the dry ingredients are incorporated and the dates are evenly dispersed. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.
The topping is a toffee glaze made with brown sugar, agave, butter and sea salt; you pour half of it over the cake while still hot so that it saturates the cake, giving it a puddinglike consistency, then wait before using the rest as a high-gloss frosting you sprinkle with sea salt.
i'm not sure why it turned out like it did, but it wasn't even a "cake" anymore.
Some cultures routinely salt to fruit, such as watermelon, add it to yogurt drinks, and people in Brittany use salted butter for baking some of their iconic desserts, like Kouign amann and Sablés Bretons, French butter cookies.
I like to cook my caramel the point where it is as close as possible to the point of being burnt. It paired well with the hint of spices in the apple-enriched batter dotted with sticky sweet dates that I imbibed with a shot of rum.
Eric has such fond memories of his grandma making the holiday season extra special – merrier, brighter.