Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Date Walnut Cake ~ Low Fat

Its not Christmas yet, not even the time for Diwali. But you don't need it to be Christmas to bake a fruit cake or a simple dates walnut tea cake like this. All you need is some chopped dates and the urge to bake. Its like spring cleaning here, kinda... And we came across half a packet of dates. We ate, ate and we ate dates but they did not seem to end. So I chopped some up along with some chopped figs, some candied peels and now they sit soaking in rum. I still had half a cup and that made me browse for some easy dates cakes and thats when I landed up here. I loved its simplicity and I loved the use of just 1 tbsp butter. Low fat and perfect for the family. Its a perfect tea time cake and is a breeze to make.

Adapted from here
~*What U Need*~
Dates - 1/2 cup
Butter - 1 tbsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Boiling water - 1/2 cup
Brown sugar - 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp
Egg - 1
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Cinnamon, ginger - 1/4 tsp each
Walnuts - 1/2 cup

How I Made it:
Chop the dates finely, place the dates in a bowl with the butter and baking soda. Pour over the boiling water and stir until the butter has melted. Set aside to cool. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease your baking pan and dust with flour. Place the sugar and eggs in a large bowl and beat well to combine. Add the cooled date mixture, then sift in the flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Add the walnuts and stir together until thoroughly mixed. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level the top. Bake for 30-35 mins or till a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.

Slice and serve!!!

** My notes:
** The cake can be stored for 5 days if wrapped in foil or stored in an airtight container.
** You can use a mixture of nuts.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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  1. Cake looks delicious and healthy.

  2. This cake must be moist and delicious with the dates inside :)

  3. Vimitha, there are plenty of dates for sale now that it is Ramadan. I just bought one box last week and can try this cake soon :)

  4. Hi Vimitha, the cake looks very delicious! Would be perfect with a cup of tea!

  5. awesome bake... looks so soft...

  6. Looks super soft and yummy, love that its low fat...

  7. You don't need a reason to bake vimitha.. cake looks very good. pass me . I will finish the entire one.

  8. agree with uma :) yummy preparation dear..

  9. one bite into this yummy cake and it becomes an occasion to celebrate,super moist :-)

  10. Cake looks simply delicious and wonderfully prepared.

  11. wonderfully done cake...low fat versions are always a hit...they are so well moist too

  12. Ohhhh mouth watering!!!!!!thanx for the recipe

  13. Looks super soft and perfect.. awesome!!

  14. Just 1 tbsp. butter, that sounds great. Lovely cake!


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