Qatar has an ABUNDANCE of dates and date palms. It’s probably the only fruit that can flourish in those conditions. Driving around the city of Doha, all you’ll notice are the date palms- lining the roads, in gardens, along the driveways. So, it was only natural that my mom-in-law decided to make a yummy date and walnut cake. My mom-in-law was the chief baker while I helped her.
- Dates soaking
For this recipe, the dates need to soak for about 5 hours in water+bicarbonate of soda so that they get nice and soft and the sinewy strands fall off the fruit.
Dates- all mashed up
Once they’ve soaked, you need to make a mushy date mixture- I just used my hands, but you can use a spoon if you like
The butter, flour, eggs and sugar mix
The dates and walnuts have been added and the batter is now ready for the oven
Out of the oven
And that’s all there is to it :P
This cake is moist and chewy and crunchy all at the same time which is why I love it. And it isn’t clawingly sweet either. I ate 4 pieces at a go!
The recipe we followed was adapted from allrecipes.co.uk, which can be found here.