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Dates and Walnut Cake

The sweet taste of dates and rustic flavour of walnut goes well to create a unique taste when served with hot tea or coffee.

Ingredients

1 cup sliced dates (khajur)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (akhrot)
1 tbsp instant coffee powder
1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup condensed milk
1 1/4 cups plain flour (maida)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method
  • Combine the coffee powder and 1 tbsp of hot water in a small bowl, mix well and keep aside.
  • Combine the dates and 1 cup of hot water in a bowl, cover it with a lid and keep aside to soak for 30 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
  • Combine the butter and condensed milk in a deep bowl and beat it using an electric beater till smooth.
  • Add the plain flour, baking powder and baking soda and mix well using a spatula.
  • Add the dates, cup walnuts, vanilla essence and coffee-water mixture and mix well using a spatula.
  • Pour the batter into a greased bread loaf tin of 200 mm. (8) and tap it lightly.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cup of walnuts evenly over it and bake it in a pre-heated oven at 180c (360f) for 55 minutes.
  • Cool slightly, loosen the sides with the help of a knife and demould it.
  • Cut the cake into 13 mm. ( ) slices.
  • Serve or store in an air-tight container.