Dates & Walnut Cake {Egg less}

Dates & Walnut Cake
{Egg less}

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Go nuts this holiday season with this delicious dates and walnut cake. A classic comfort cake that is best enjoyed during winters!

One of the reason I love baking other than eating is the beautiful aroma that it fills my kitchen. Today I wanted to make something easy and made this rich but healthy cake. Dates and walnut are a match made in heaven! They compliment each other very well and I enjoy this cake with a warm glass of milk to dunk in, or just a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

There’s something about the richness and soft chewy sweetness of dates that is complimented by the slightly bitter and crisp texture of walnuts. This cake is egg less and can be made with just a few basic ingredients. If you are using dates with seeds, then the dates need to be soaked in milk for few hours to help in removing the seeds.

This is made with less sugar than a traditional cake as dates add natural sweetness. Also if you want you can add honey instead of sugar to make it more healthy. And for crunch you can add pretty much any kind of nuts you like, almonds, pecans, cashew but try to still add some walnut as the salty flavor of them goes very well with dates. Because of the wheat flour this cake is dense and may not be as soft as the regular cake that we make, but trust me it just enhances flavor of dates.

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Ingredients:

Wheat flour – 1 cup
All purpose flour- 1/2 cup
Pitted Dates – 1 cup
Walnuts – 1 cup, coarsely chopped
Oil – 1/2 cup
Milk – 1 cup
Sugar – 1/4 cup (You can also use honey if you wish)
Baking Powder – 1 tsp
Baking Soda – 1 tsp
Cinnamon Powder – 1 tsp (Optional)
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp (Optional)

Method:-

Soak the dates in warm milk for 3 to 4 hours. Remove the seeds if not using seedless.

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

In a blender add dates, sugar and blend them to a smooth paste along with the milk in which it was soaked in.
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Sieve flour with baking soda and powder in a mixing bowl. Add the dates paste, vanilla essence, oil, chopped walnuts that are tossed in flour. If the batter looks sticky don’t worry, just add some milk and mix evenly.

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Pour in the cake mixture in your baking tray and sprinkle some more nuts and dates and bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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Let the cake cool down before cutting it. The colour of the cake varies from the quality of dates, so don’t panic if you don’t get colour as mine.

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Serve it warm or cold with tea/coffee. It tastes even better the next day, so if you have any leftovers store he cake in an airtight container.

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Spiced Vanilla Chai

Spiced Vanilla Chai

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So guys, I am back to blogging after a loooooong break! Honestly I don’t have any particular reason for this break but I think I just got busy with work and it was getting difficult to take time and write down the recipes.

I was pleasantly surprised when people missed my blog and called me few times to get some recipes as there was an issue with the site and my old posts were also not accessible to everyone. I have fixed everything with the blog now and we are ready to please you again 🙂

Though I am a coffee person I enjoy tea as well! Especially when I am down with cold and need something comforting, I make some hot tea. Today was one such days and I decided to make chai with a little twist. This is a simple recipe to make a masala chai. Not very fussy to make and all the ingredients are usually handy at home. And you can play around with the flavors as per your taste.

The aroma that fills in the kitchen while making this tea will instantly make you feel fresh and active and trust me if you just need a quick pick me up, make sure you try this Spiced Vanilla Chai.  Instant comfort!

Also think of this easy and versatile recipe as a delicious change to keep things from getting boring having same kind of tea everyday.  Also this is a nice surprise with just enough spice to make you sit up and take notice. This is definitely one of my favorites and I’m sure it’s soon going to be yours as well!

Ingredients:-

1 cups water
2 peppercorns
3 cloves (whole)
3 pods of cardamon
1 small cinnamon stick
2 tsp Tea powder/2 tea bags
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 slices fresh ginger
1 cup milk
Pinch of nutmeg

Method:-

Combine water, peppercorns, cloves, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon stick and tea powder in a small saucepan and boil it for 5 minutes. The longer you boil, the more the spices will release their flavor so don’t be in hurry!

(If using tea bags add them and let them steep for 5-6 minutes)

Add milk, vanilla essence and sugar and stir well for couple of minutes. Let all the flavors get infused in the milk. Serve immediately with some cookies!!

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