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Date and Walnut Cake

Introduction to Date and Walnut Cake

Date and Walnut Cake is a rich and tasty adaptation of the classic British date and walnut cake. This dessert is distinguished by the sweet combination of dates and the crunch of walnuts, offering a unique texture and flavor. Enriched with maple sugar for a Canadian touch, this cake is simple to prepare and uses easy-to-find ingredients, making it ideal for the perfect accompaniment to your afternoon coffee or tea.

History and characteristics

Date and walnut cake has its origins in the British baking tradition, often served during afternoon get-togethers. Our version, the Date and Walnut Cake, uses the basics but is distinguished by the addition of walnuts and the use of maple sugar, which provides natural sweetness and depth of taste.

Ease and accessibility of ingredients

One of the great qualities of this cake is how easy it can be prepared. The ingredients used are not only accessible but also often already present in your pantry. So you can decide on a whim to make this delicious cake without requiring any complicated preparation.

Cake variations

Although the traditional recipe is already delicious, you can customize it according to your preferences. For example, replacing coffee with hot water or tea for a different note, or using different types of nuts depending on your taste or what you have on hand.

This cake is perfect for those looking for an easy, delicious recipe that's ready to enjoy with a hot drink. It promises to become a favorite for your relaxing moments or gatherings.

🔍 Information Details
⏱️ Preparation time 15 minutes (includes date soaking time)
🍳 Cooking time 45-55 minutes
⏲️ Total time About 70 minutes
🔧 Difficulty level AVERAGE
🍽️ Servings 8 servings
🔥 Calories (approximate) 350 per serving

  • 200 g (1 ⅓ cup) pitted dates, roughly chopped
  • 150ml ( cup) hot coffee (or tea, or hot water)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 100ml ( ½ cup) olive oil or neutral oil
  • 130 g ( ½ cup plus 2 tbsp. tbsp ) maple sugar
  • 80 g (⅓ cup) 2% fat Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 250 g (2 cups + 2 teaspoons) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 90 g (¾ cup) walnuts, coarsely chopped

  1. Soak the dates:

  2. Preparation :

  3. Mix the wet ingredients:

  4. Mix the dry ingredients:

  5. Make the dough:

  6. To assemble :

  7. Cooking :

  8. Cooling:

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Questions and Answers for Date and Walnut Cake Recipe

Q: What type of coffee do you recommend for this recipe?

A : For this recipe, we recommend using either our cold brew coffee for a smooth, subtle flavor, or our smooth, full-bodied coffee options for those who prefer a more robust note. Be sure to slightly warm the cold brew coffee before using it to help soften the dates effectively.

Q: Can other liquids be substituted for coffee in this recipe?

A : Absolutely, if you prefer not to use coffee, you can substitute hot water or hot tea to infuse the dates. Hot tea can provide a light aromatic flavor depending on the type chosen, such as black tea for a classic touch or spiced tea for a richer flavor.

Q: What is the impact of choosing yogurt or sour cream based on their fat content?

A : Using yogurt or sour cream with a higher fat content (such as Greek yogurt at 2% fat or higher) can make the cake richer and moister. A product with less fat will also work but the result may be slightly less creamy. Depending on your preference for the texture and richness of the cake, adjust the type of yogurt or sour cream used.

Q: Can this cake be made nut-free for people with allergies?

A : Absolutely, you can omit the nuts no problem. To maintain an interesting texture, you might consider adding seeds, such as sunflower or pumpkin seeds, which are often well tolerated by those with nut allergies.

Q: What is the best way to store this cake to prolong its freshness?

A : To keep the cake fresh longer, wrap it tightly in plastic or aluminum foil and store it in a cool, dry place at room temperature. It can also be stored in the refrigerator, well wrapped, to extend its life for up to a week.

Q: Can this cake be frozen?

A : Yes, this cake freezes very well. Wrap it carefully in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil, or place it in an airtight freezer-safe container. It can be stored for up to three months. Thaw it at room temperature before serving.

Q: Are there variations of this cake for special occasions?

A : For a festive touch, you can add cream cheese frosting or a layer of caramel on top of the cake. Adding spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger to the dough can also add a warm touch for the holidays.

Q: Can other types of sugar be used?

A : Yes, although maple sugar gives a rich, unique flavor, you can use other types of sugar like brown sugar, coconut sugar, or even honey for interesting flavor variations. Use our conversion table if necessary.

Q: Can this recipe be adapted to make muffins?

A : Yes, you can absolutely prepare this recipe as muffins. To do this, distribute the dough into muffin molds previously greased or fitted with paper cases. The baking time for muffins will be shorter than for a whole cake. Generally, it takes about 20 to 25 minutes at 175°C (350°F). Check doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of a muffin; it should come out clean or with a few moist but not liquid crumbs.

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