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Flourless Date and Walnut Cake

Flourless Date and Walnut Cake

Although, I have an immodestly high rating of my taste buds, when it comes to picking up subtle flavors and hints of atypical ingredients. Yet the first time, that I tasted this cake at a party, I couldn’t have, for all that my taste buds are worth, guessed the secret ingredient and the unusual recipe. I will be honest though, the original recipe with 5 eggs was a wee bit too rich and eggy for my taste. Hence, I developed my own version. Ever since, a decade and a half now, this has been a family favorite. My folks at home particularly look forward, to this rich treat with a nice cuppa, to make them all warm and fuzzy in the cold winter months. It’s been such a hit, that I have had friends and family placing orders on it too.

So here I am, letting the cat out of the bag, and sharing one of my most closely guarded recipes.

 

 

Prep Time 35 Mins                  Cook Time 45 Mins                  Serves 6-7

 

cake recipe imageIngredients

3 large eggs

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

Half tsp baking soda

2 cups dates cut in strips

2 cups chopped walnuts

2 cups breadcrumbs

Half cup milk

Half cup oil

 

Method:

Line and grease an 8×8’ round pan or a 7’ long loaf pan. In a bowl combine 3 eggs and sugar, beat till the mixture thickens. Then add to it, the vanilla essence, half tsp baking soda, half cup milk, half cup oil and 1 cup breadcrumbs. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl combine the chopped walnuts and dates (cut in vertical strips), toss them in the remaining cup of breadcrumbs. The dates strips usually, stick together, the breadcrumbs will help to separate them. Once breadcrumbs are thoroughly mixed in the dates and walnuts add the liquid mixture to it. The consistency should be thick spreadable type. Pour in the cake pan. And bake in preheated oven, at 120 degrees, for 45 minutes  or until skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.  Once cooled decorate with whipped cream or chopped walnuts or dates. I usually leave it plain or with a single walnut in the center, especially if I bake it in loaf style.

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