Date walnut cake

Date walnut cake

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From
Cairo Kitchen
Serves
10-12
Photographer
Jonathan Gregson

Dates in Egypt are eaten fresh or dried. This cake uses dried dates, which are soaked in hot water to soften them. Dates and walnuts combined make the perfect cake to enjoy with coffee.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
240g pitted dried dates
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
150g walnuts
230g plain flour
55g butter, softened
240g sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C. Grease either a 28 cm x 12 cm loaf tin or three small loaf tins with butter and line the base and ends with baking parchment.
  2. Heat 200 ml of water in a small saucepan, add the pitted dates and simmer over a low heat for about 10 minutes until the dates are soft. Remove from the heat.
  3. Mix the nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, salt, bicarbonate of soda and the walnuts together with the flour.
  4. Cream the butter and sugar together well until smooth, add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until thoroughly combined. Gently fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture along with the dates and mix until smooth.
  5. Bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven for an hour or until a skewer comes out clean.
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Egyptian
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