Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Oh this one I love...

If I had a go-to recipe, a sort of comfort dessert, this would be it, I think. Since I discovered it a few years ago, I have lost count of how many times I actually made it. In fact, my roommate was so enamored by it that he learned to make it too!

Easy-peasy date and walnut cake, source here



Ingredients

12 dates, pitted and chopped
1 1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup oil
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped 

Method (followed it to the "T")

Boil the milk in a saucepan. Remove from heat.
Add the dates and let it stand until cool.
When cool put into a blender or food processor and process or blend until the dates are ground.
 Add the oil into blender/food processor and blend/process again until incorporated and mixture becomes thick. Add sugar to the mixture in the blender/food processor and blend until incorporated.
Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl. Seive flour and baking soda well. Fold in the flour until it is mixed well. Add chopped walnuts.
Pour batter into a greased glass microwavable dish. 
Place in microwave and bake for 10 to 11 minutes on High. 

Judgement

My modifications to this cake resulted in a really dense cake (think I loved the recipe as it was, or I could have gone easy on the whole wheat pastry flour). Everyone else seemed to think it was really good, except of course...me....(but then I am always hard on myself- nothing seems good enough you know). The good thing though it paired great with vanilla ice cream and I could not have asked for more after my tooth extractions!


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