I liked one of my snaps taken recently. I thought it was one of my best ever snaps. I felt happy every time I saw the picture and was pretty impressed with myself ;). I was waiting eagerly to show that snap to my amma. I usually send her the snaps when she is online and we see it together. That way I dont miss her instant reactions after seeing the snap. Other day she came online and I showed her the snaps. I was expecting a plethora of adjectives like “lovely, pretty, beautiful” etc; hhmm I'm just exaggerating, I only expected words like nice, good :). But her response was different…its like “ohh ee photo atra sheriyayilla” (this snap hasn't come out well or something to that effect). Though I wasn't ready to accept it, I made peace with it later on. I realised that she didn't like my new hair cut and hence the photo too.
The reason I said that here is because I loved this dates cake. I think this is one of the best cake that I've ever baked/eaten. Now, if you like dates, I surely want you to try this. And I will be sad if I hear that you dont like it, but it's ok. I will try to make peace with that too :) After all each person's taste is different right? But, please give it a try, I'm sure you will like it too. If you like it, please don't forget to send me a mail “full of adjectives” ;).
Here is the recipe:
Recipe source: The Australian Women's Weekly, Cooking Class Cakes.
- 185 gms Butter (chopped)
- 1 cup Milk (250 ml)
- 3/4 cup Brown sugar (150gm, firmly packed)
- 1 cup Deseeded dried dates (145 gm, coarsely chopped)
- 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
- 1.5 cups Self-raising flour (225 gm, refer notes for substitution)
- 1/2 cup Plain flour ( 75 gm)
- 2 Eggs (beaten lightly)
- Preheat oven to 180 C, 10 mins before baking.Prepare a deep 20 cm (8 inch) round cake tin.
- Combine butter, milk, brown sugar and dates in large saucepan. Using wooden spoon, stir over heat until butter melts. Bring to a boil; remove from heat, stir in soda bicarbonate. Cool for 10 minutes. Quickly stir in flours & eggs. Spoon mixture into prepared pan.
- Bake cake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes. Turn cake onto wire rack to cool.
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