Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Date and Walnut Cake (Eggless)

Frankly, the most loved cake recipe I've ever come across...

With the softness dates give this cake, contrasted with the slight crunch the walnuts give..this cake wins hands down.

Today I have made this cake for 2 reasons
Firstly, as it was requested by my brother ..and hes coming down to india today...
And secondly, I came to know a couple of days back that my paternal grand dad likes this cake a this is my special surprise for him too.

Well I made a huge cake today..for 8 to 10 noone would let me take the entire cake safely out of my in laws house. So had to leave some for them too..:)

Level: Medium
Serves: 8 to 10 people

200 gms seedless dates, finely chopped
80 gms walnuts, roughly chopped
140 gms all purpose flour/maida
100 gms white butter, room temperature
200 gms condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp soda-bi-carbonate
1 tsp baking powder
Water, if required

Step 1 - Chop the dates and soak them in water with 1/2 tsp of soda-bi-carbonate. The level of water should be enough to just soak all the dates. Keep this aside for a minimum of 4 hours. I usually keep it overnight. Makes the dates really soft.

Step 2 - Sieve maida, baking powder and soda-bi-carbonate together. Keep aside. Dont avoid this step..Believe it or makes a difference

Step 3 - Take a large vessel, and beat the white butter prefereably with a whisk for 5 mins. Add in condensed milk and vanilla essense. Whisk all together again.

Step 4 - Add in all purpose flour, soaked dates and whisk it again together. At this stage if you think this mixture is too thick to whisk..add in some water. But dont make the mixture watery..just enough water till its possible to whisk it all together. 

Step 5 - Lightly mix in walnuts and mix it with a spoon. Do not use a whisk crushes the walnuts in the mixture.

Step 6 - Smear the cake tin with some butter and sprinkle some all purpose flour in it.

Step 7 - Pour the cake batter and bake in a 200 deg C oven for 40-45 mins., till the top is brown and some cracks form on the top crust.

Tastes best when it is had warm with some cold vanilla ice cream.

Rack your brains:
Dates are valuable as medicine for their tonic effect.
It is easily digested and they are very useful for supplying energy and repairing waste.
The nicotinic content in dates is an excellent remedy for intestinal disturbances.
The date is a laxative food. It is highly beneficial in the treatment of constipation as the roughage provided by it stimulates sluggish bowels.

Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein.
They are rich in fiber, vitamin B, magnesium and antioxidants such as vitamin E.
Walnuts have been shown to aid in the lowering of LDL cholestrol (the bad cholestrol) and the C-Reactive Protein.

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