July 11, 2015

Dates and Walnut Loaf

It is Ramadan season.
Festive display of dates and sweets made of dates fills the supermarkets in Dubai.

So why not something made from dates for Iftar this season.
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This is my first attempt at making dates loaf and it was a colleague who suggested to add in the walnuts as well for the crunch.  Dates by itself is quite sweet and I wanted to make sure that the loaf does not become extra sweet by regulating the sugar content.

Again, like my most recipes it is simple and quick.
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Here you are -

Ingredients

  1. Dates - 3/4 cup de-seeded and chopped
  2. Milk - 3/4 cup
  3. All purpose flour - 1 and 1/2 cup
  4. Sugar - 4 tbsp
  5. Egg - 2 no.s
  6. Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
  7. Baking powder - 1 tsp
  8. Salt - 1/2 tsp
  9. Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  10. Walnuts - 1/2 cup
  11. Vegetable Oil - 1/2 cup 
  12. Honey - 2 tbsp

Method

Heat the milk with the chopped dates on medium flame for 5 minutes and let it rest.

Sieve together the flour, baking powder,cinnamon powder, salt and keep aside.

Break open the eggs and whisk well. Add sugar and vanilla essence and mix it well.

Fold the dry ingredients into this and add dates, milk and oil. Whisk together the ingredients.

Pre- heat the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degree and grease a loaf tin.  Add  crushed walnuts into the loaf mix and just swirl around with a spoon. 

Transfer the mix into the loaf tin and spread some walnuts on top.

Place the tin in oven and heat at 180 degree for around 30 - 40 minutes. After 25 minutes, take out the loaf tray and glaze the top of the loaf with honey using a brush and place it back inside.

Cook till a pin inserted comes out clean. Transfer it to another surface for cooling. Serve with topping of your choice.
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You may also note - 
  1. You can increase either the dates quantity or sugar to make it sweeter. We chose to make it less sweeter.




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