Date n Walnut Loaf

The good thing about loaves is, it makes wonderful even slices for everyone. Enough of crusty sides and just the right amount of  frosting. And you can put almost anything you like in there. This Sunday morning I finally found my baking bone again … If you might’ve noticed, I haven’t blogged in a while and you can blame the crazy summer holidays and crazy hectic schedules for it. So busy that getting time out to do the things I usually would in the holidays also was a toughie. A trip to the spa, some shopping, some blogging … none of it happened. However I did manage to buy some lovely dresses online at JJsHouse.com . Thank God for online shopping !

Today I woke up craving a simple date cake with a good frosting. And so it had to be. My darling son, had his own plans though, seeing the butter and eggs on the kitchen counter he announced …” mamma I want to make cupcakes !” ” Baby todays its mammas turn,” I said – “We’re eating a date cake”. ” Hmm … Ok he says, I’m going to make it for you !” So while he stood at the counter with his hands on the kitchen aid, I handed him out the ingredients, and my little chef with his cute tiny hands made me this lovely loaf cake 🙂

Date n Walnut Loaf 1

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups cake flour

1 cup superfine granulated sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup melted butter

4 eggs

1 tsp cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

100 gms toasted and chopped walnuts

100 gms pitted and chopped ripe dates

Preheat oven to 180C and grease n line your loaf tin (I used a 3.5″ X 7.5″ tin ). Mix all the dry ingredients and set aside. In another bowl, beat together the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Slowly pour the melted butter combining it well. Add the flour mixture bit by bit, whisking gently after each addition until just combined. Now add the nuts and dates giving it another good stir and pour it into the loaf tin.

Bake at 180C for about 20 mins and then to 170C for another 40 mins or until skewer comes out clean.

Let the cake cool completely.

Date Cream Cheese Frosting 

226 gms Philadelphia Cream Cheese

50 gms double cream

150 gms pitted dates

1 -2 tsp cinnamon sugar for sprinkling

Start with steaming and pureeing the dates. In a small saucepan, take the dates with about 5 tbsps of water and steam with lid covered for a few minutes. Take off heat, cool and make a paste either by mashing it with the back of a fork or in a grinder.

In another bowl beat the cream cheese to loosen it a little, with an electric beater. Add the fresh cream and the date puree and beat together till well combined and thick enough to spread. Remove and chill till ready to frost.

To frost, simply slather over the loaf. I would recommend sliced the loaf in half and doing a layer of frosting in between too. The recipe is enough for 2 layers.

Garnish with walnuts and sprinkle some cinnamon sugar.

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Comment :

Delicious, I’m sure! That is a great combination.

Cheers,

Rosa

So lovely to cook with your kid and more impressive if he hasn`t destroyed the kitchen, my little baby `cooks` every day and mommy has to clean hours after this action :)) what could be more satisfying than seeing your kid happy. The recipe is delicious and the photos prove it, certainly I should try this, thanks for sharing and congrats to the little chef

I am lucky to have tried this date and walnut loaf!!!….its simply unavoidable…delicious!!!

S

Kajal – I was wondering what had happened to your website – so happy to have found it again via Meeta’s tweet! How lovely that you are baking with your son; I hope to do the same with my little boy one day. x s

Kajal

Rosa, Yup it is !

Denise, who said anything about the kitchen being clean … haha whenever the men – either the husband or my son are in the kitchen, it looks as though a hurricane has hit it lol, but its totally worth it. My son, love to make things with me in the kitchen, but hates eating any of it lol … perhaps cake batter, chocolate ganache or buttercream frosting !

Arpita 😀

S – Heyyy so good to see you ! Its been long, Thank You Meeta !
Hope you’ve been well, need to come over n see what you’ve been unto.
And how old is your lil one …. n don’t worry … if mommy’s doin it, chances are he’ll do it too !!

This looks delicious! I actually want to try this at home! As a guy who has little experience in the kitchen, I’ll surprise everyone with this. Let’s just hope I can make it right like you do.

Meredith

I’m new to your blog and am currently sitting here, salivating over your recipes and planning how to avoid doing my chores this afternoon so I can get cooking. Thanks! Although…my house will be filthy, my garden choked with weeds, and the shopping ignored.

Who cares, we’re going to eat well!

This loaf looks lovely. I’m not a date fan so I’ll have to determine a substitute. Thanks!

Delicious! thank you

Kajal

Hey Alex, I hope you’ve given it a try … waiting to hear how it turned out 🙂

Meredith, I dont think I’ve smiled as big as I am right now – all day ! Thank you for your lovely – lovely comment 😀

Cathy , thanks … could try bananas

Litia 🙂

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Bronwyn Arnold

I baked this the other day for girls catch up, it was so good! Very easy to make, and it looked really good as well. Well done 🙂

Kajal

Hello Bronwyn … so so happy to know you tired it out and liked it 🙂

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