Date Banana & Walnut Cake

2014-08-30 20.33.04Ever hit that afternoon slump and reached for a chocolate or biscuit? Dates are pretty much the Middle Eastern equivalent to a biscuit with your tea/coffee and have saved me from the biscuit tin on many occasions. They’re also all over the place at the moment as a healthier natural sugar alternative. Healthy is not an adjective I’d use to describe this cake. Despite the bananas and the dates, there are all the usual suspects – butter, eggs, flour. It wouldn’t hurt to have yourself a little slice though; there are worse things for your waistline (hello blondies).

For some light reading with that cuppa check Y Magazine where this recipe featured2014-08-30 20.32.26

 Date Paste:

  • 40g pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp as water

As easy as 1,2,3.

  1. De-stone the dates and soak them in warm water until soft.
  2. Drain and place the dates in a food processor.
  3. Add 2 tbsp. of water and blend until smooth and creamy.

I’ve used this to top yogurt, blended into smoothies, with cheese on crackers – don’t knock it ‘til you try it, it’s fairly versatile and freezes well too.2014-08-30 17.29.55

Banana Date & Walnut Cake:

This recipe originally called for honey but I substituted that for by date paste and reduced the amount of sugar resulting in a toffee like sweetness that isn’t too overpowering.

  • 175g butter
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 75g sugar
  • 3tbsp date paste
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 100 chopped dates
  • 350g bananas (weighed in their skins)
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 160C/140 Fan
  2. Grease and line an 18inch cake tin (you could also use a bundt tin)
  3. Take the butter out of the fridge and let it soften while you pit and chop the dates.
  4. Place the eggs, butter, flour, sugar, cinnamon and date paste in a large bowl and beat until light and creamy – you’ll be able to see the colour of the batter change and become paler.2014-08-30 17.44.56
  5. Mash the bananas and chop the walnuts.
  6. Add the bananas, dates and walnuts to the creamed mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.2014-08-30 17.54.40
  7. Spoon the mix into a cake tin and level it off, it’ll be quite thick.2014-08-30 18.06.55

Bake for 40 – 50 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Allow to cool in the tin before transferring to a wire rack, it will break easily as it’s so moist so don’t be tempted to move it too soon. 2014-08-30 20.17.42

For the date glaze:

  • 50g butter
  • 2tbsp date paste
  • 2tbsp honey
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  1. Heat all the ingredients except the walnuts in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to the boil and allow to bubble for about a minute until it has thickened slightly.
  3. Stir in the walnuts and remove from the heat.
  4. Allow it to cool for a couple of minutes before pouring over the cake.

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Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee for and cut yourself a slice for all your hard work.

 **Wordpress hasn’t been getting on with the internet here but I seem to have worked around it, fingers crossed**

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