Here is a very easy to make recipe for date and walnut cake that you will use it again and again, which is perfect with coffee or tea. Dates and walnuts are a delicious addition to any cakes but you can change out the dates for raisins or chopped figs.
Yield: Serves 8-10
- 1 cup pitted and chopped dates
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar (add more if you like)
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- powdered sugar for garnish
Place the dates in a bowl. Pour over the boiling water. Soak the dates for 4-5 hours or until dates are tender. Drain the dates and set aside.
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set the flour mixture aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and mix until smooth. Add the flour mixture and milk. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
Fold in dates and walnuts.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a cake pan. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.
Bake on the middle rack of the oven until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 50-60 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Run a thin bladed knife around the edges to loosen. Then dust with powdered sugar.
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