Dinesh and Bawa

Dinesh and Bawa


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Date n Walnut Cake

For all of you who are still having sugar, here is a very nice recipe for a superb cake

Condensed milk 1 tin
Flour 250gm
Baking powder 1 tsp
Soda bi Carb 1 tsp
Butter 200 gm
Vanilla essence few drops
Milk ½ cup
Dates 200gm
Walnuts 100 gm

3 tsp cocoa powder for a chocolate cake


Zero: Read the entire recipe

Step 1: Get all the ingredients, measure them out and set them aside

Step 2: Set the Oven at 180 deg Cel

Chop up the walnuts and dates to nice crunchy small size.

Grease the baking tray, add flour, and then tap it out, so that the baking tray is greased and powdered.

Now in a mixing bowl, sieve (pass thru that fine jaali thing) the flour, baking powder and soda. Do 2-3 times. Add the condensed milk, butter and vanilla essence and use the hand blender to beat it up. Slowly add the milk until it form a dropping consistency .. it should kind of plop down from the spoon. This mixture is done.

Stir in thoroughly the chopped dates and walnuts WITH A SPOON, not with the hand blender. We will NOT be using the hand blender again ☺.

Add entire mixture to the greased and powdered baking tray. Very important over here is not to overload the baking tray. It should be only half full, coz the cake will rise when cooking and if there is too much mixture then it will get burnt at the edges and not get cooked in the middle. So please remember that you put the mixture in the tray such that the tray is only half full.

Put it into the oven and BAKE away!!!

Once it starts to brown a bit (about 30-32 mins, don’t open oven door before that), poke a knife in the middle of the cake, all the way down. Careful the oven is going to be very hot indeed.

If there is some debris stuck to knife, the cake is not yet done, but another 5 to 7 minutes should be enough to cook it completely. Again test with knife, once the knife comes out shiny and clean, the cake is done. Remove from the oven immediately and let it cool.

Call everyone, take a photo, think of Guruji, think of me, pat yourself on the back several times… And remember to eat the cake after all that ☺!

BTW, you don’t need to add the dates and walnuts if you are wanting to make just a basic sponge cake. You can add anything in approximately that proportion of the dates and walnuts that catch your fancy. Bananas, apples, etc work great. Don’t add any juicy fruit like grape or watermelon. You can also add those chocolate chips.

Boiling milk and reducing it to half and using raisin or maple syrup may work instead of the condensed milk... have not done it this way yet, but seems like it would work

Jai Gurudeva!

PS This cake has been drizzled with chocolate sauce  

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Shikha said...

hey dude...i loveee you for this.....guruji setup this blog just in time....guess my constant sulking for being away from india and missing my yes+ fam, finally worked :))
now i can catchup wid everything...including "the holi dhamal" huhahaha
'll let u know soon how the cake turned out..though m gonna start with the soup first. do write about the parsi dal you cooked fr us(at dsn, winter brk).keep the good work up..
jai guru devvvv

JM said...

Woww!! It will be a treat..
MAnn!! your recipies seem to b utterly delicious :)
Its fun readin your Foodie posts :P

arvind_cool21 said...

Dear Bawa,

Yes it really was one of the best holi ever - more special coz I was in silence too.

I really don't have any clue who would have given the idea of having the water sprinkled automatically from such a height...phew it was raining inside....and Guruji was his playful best :-)

I spent my new year with you guys...and that was really great and that was the international advanced course..and this time it was holi... :)


PS:- I heard you talking about blogs in your session yesterday and wow...there are so many things you blog about... :)

good source of info for me......I will be in touch through this medium tooooo

KOLA said...

Hey Bawa!
No flour(I mean maida). Is there any substitute?

madhu said...

That was my first advance course..and the best Holi I have ever had....
Fantastic experience!!!!

Saurabh Chopra said...

Is this cake(date n walnut) sweet enough? Coz I didnt see any sugar(or shakkar, or gud, sugar free) in the recipie :)

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