Recipe for the Week – Date and Walnut Cake

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My new keyboard is here!!! All spill proof and all!! Just love the feel of typing on brand new bouncy keys :-)

This recipe is adapted from one of my Mom’s old recipe books – ‘Scones, Muffins and Teacakes’. Sorry, I don’t have step by step photos of this one; I was in a bit of a hurry and it was quite cloudy too ;-)

What you’ll need:

1.5 cups plain flour (you can use whole wheat)
2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
62 g butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
150 ml milk
¾ cup chopped dates
½ cup chopped walnuts

What you’re going to do:

1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt till well combined.

2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

3. Put butter and sugar in a bowl. Beat well till light and creamy.

4. Add the egg and whisk well.

5. Add the milk, dates and nuts and beat slightly till well mixed.

6. Fold flour in with a light hand. You get a batter that is not too runny.

7. Pour your batter into a greased rectangular loaf tin and bake in the preheated oven for about 20 - 25 minutes.

8. Let the cake cool in the tin for a couple of minutes, then take it out and cool it completely on a wire rack. Cut into slices and eat simply or with butter!!!

This cake is not too sweet, which is perfect for me. You can increase the sugar a little if you like. I also liked the taste of brown sugar, the sweetness doesn’t hit you like with the white. It’s not very spongy, slightly more dense than a sponge cake, but definitely not fudgy like a brownie. Perfect with some steaming hot tea on a cold rainy afternoon!!

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  1. Wow, guess what? Walnut and date cake is my absolute fave :) I love how simple you make these recipes, easy for an amateur like me to follow :) Have you seen the Meryl Streep and Amy Adams starrer "Julie and Julia"? If you haven't then make sure you do, I assure you'll love it :)

    1. I love walnuts and dates too, I often put them in my oatmeal :-) And no, that's a movie that's been on my must-watch list for a while, I really got to take two days off for a movie marathon!!!

  2. I wish to actually grab it and eat it!! Haven't tried it! but I love both walnut and dates so I guess I'll like it!! :)


    1. I'm sure you'll love it, do try it out!

  3. I don't have an oven:(. Can't the same be made with microvawe?. The first time I made the mug cake, it became hard after sometime...wanted to ask about the reason... I am so inspired to day one day:)

    1. Mmm...I don't think this one will work in a microwave :-(. I do have another recipe on hand for a microwave dessert and I'll post it soon :-). The Nutella cake batter should be really runny, I can't think of any reason why it shouldn't turn out moist enough!