Hello Everyone, Christmas is just a week away and it’s our favourite festival to celebrate. We hate that we have to wait for the end of the year to celebrate it, but then again, it’s like saving the best for the last.
Today we are sharing with you the recipe for this Eggless Date and Walnut Cake. But before that, we want to share with you some Christmas Memories. So, read if you like or else scroll down for the recipe.
We always get nostalgic during this time of the year and love to remember how we used to celebrate Christmas when we were younger. Our earliest memories of Christmas as kids was that of excitedly writing a note to Santa Claus to get us the gifts that we wanted. Our Dad would sit with us and help us draft a letter to Santa Claus at least a month in advance. Then on 24th night, they would keep the window grill (we don’t have chimneys since we live in an apartment) slightly open so that Santa Claus could come and leave us gifts. We used to get so excited and couldn’t wait to get up the next day and see whether we had got what we had asked for.
And then one year my parents revealed the whole truth about Santa Claus and we were slightly heartbroken. We had kind of guessed it because one year we got some extra gifts i.e. books that we had not asked for and we were wondering why he would give us extra gifts just like that. I really don’t know how my parents pulled it off whether it was managing to hide the gifts from us or placing the gifts under the tree without us waking up and seeing them do it. All I know is that they convinced us that we had got gifts from Santa Claus. It was a really sweet gesture of my Mom and Dad to play Santa Claus for me and my sisters till we were about 9 years old. We would also decorate the Christmas tree on 24th night itself. I don’t remember much of the sweets that were made but I definitely remember the house smelling wonderful because of a cake that was being baked by my Mom. It is indeed a lovely memory to cherish.
My mom would bake a cake every year for Christmas. Sometimes it would be a coconut cake or some other cake but our most favourite was the Date and Walnut Cake. We absolutely love eating it and can’t imagine Christmas without this cake.
I always wanted to try making this cake myself and I finally tried it out last year. As always, I wanted to make an eggless version of the cake, so I searched for some recipes and found a perfect recipe. The cake came out nice and moist although it was eggless and it tasted delicious as well. This cake is lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and the dates give it the sweetness without it being too sweet. The brown sugar gives it a nice caramel-like flavour, as well as the nice deep brown colour and the walnuts, gives a nice crunchy texture. All I can say is this cake is super delicious and you should definitely try it out.
If you love dates and walnut then you should definitely try out this cake. Make this date and walnut cake for your family and friends this Christmas and they will enjoy it.
You can also have this cake any time of the year and it is best enjoyed with a cup of your favourite hot beverage.
Date and Walnut Cake (Eggless)
1 cup =
250 ml, 1 tablespoon = 15 ml, 1 teaspoon = 5 ml
Makes: A 9 x 5 inches loaf
- 1 and ½ cup plain flour
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 and ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- A pinch of salt
- ¾ cup chopped dates (seedless)
- 1 and ½ cups water
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1/3 cup walnuts (chopped)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C for at least 10 minutes and grease a 9×5 loaf pan with oil/ butter. You can also grease only the bottom of the tin with parchment paper to ensure that the cake comes out easily.
- Add dates, water, brown sugar into a saucepan and cook for around 10 minutes. Keep it aside to cool down completely.
- Once it cools down, add in the oil and mix well.
- In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder, walnuts and salt.
- Combine both the wet and dry ingredients and mix well till it forms a smooth batter.
- If you find that the batter is too thick, then add some milk, a few tablespoons at a time until you get the desired consistency.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake at 180°C for around 45 to 50 minutes or until done. (Check it at the 40-minute mark to know if baked)
- If you feel that it is browning too fast at the top then you can cover the top with either parchment paper or foil.
- To know if it is done, insert a toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, that means it is done. If not then bake it for a few minutes more. Once it has baked, allow it to cool completely before you cut it.
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