Friday, 1 July 2011

Date cake

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

This is our family (forever) favourite cake recipe. You just have to become addicted to it, as long as you love dates.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
200 gram butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
4 medium eggs, room temperature
1 cup dates, chopped and pitted (I use dates that are sold ready for baking)
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup almond, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup walnut, chopped

  • if the dates you are using are dry, chop them and soak them in the milk with 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda for an hour, other wise move to the next step
  • preheat oven 175 degrees Celsius, combine (sieve) flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and set aside
  • with an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter till light and fluffy, add eggs one by one while continuing beating,
  • add vanilla, milk and dates, beat till well combined
  • add nuts
  • add flour mixture and beat for two minutes, then mix using a spoon
  • bake for 40-45 minutes
for other variety:
*add or remove nuts
*use white sugar instead of brown
*add raisins
 *add chocolate chips