Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Egg-less Tunisian Date, Nut, Chocolate Loaf

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BM#12W2, Day2: I love Dates. I love Nuts. I love Chocolate. With all these three combined, this loaf cake has made me yearn for more. Yum-O! It also has a little bit of coffee for that additional kick. So one could have this in the morning too.
Correction: 1 Tsp Baking Soda, I missed typing it which I have added.

For Your Ears: Feast your eyes on the cake( where the "fruit of the desert" is the star ingredient) while listening to the song "Desert Rose"

  • 1-1/4 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Toasted and Coarsely Chopped Walnuts
  • 1 Cup(18-20#s) Finely Chopped and pitted Tunisian Dates "Deglet Noor"
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Butter + a little more for greasing the pan, at room temperature
  • 3/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/8 Tsp All Spice
  • 3 Tbsp Low-fat Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Zest
  • 1 Cup Hot Water +1 to 1-1/4 Tbsp Instant Coffee Granules(Nescafe/Folgers/Bru) for making "Strong Coffee"
  • 1 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal + 3 Tbsp Hot Water
  • Make strong coffee with Coffee Granules and a cup of hot water.
  • Sift the flour along with cocoa powder in a bowl. Add the salt to it. 
  • Chop the dates and add it to the hot coffee.
  • Lid the pan and let the dates get mushy in the hot liquid. Meanwhile line a 8-1/2" X 4-1/2" loaf pan with aluminum foil and grease with a little butter.
  • 15-20 minutes later, add the baking soda, orange zest to the soaked date mixture. Let it sit for 5 more minutes.
  • Combine sugar, oil,butter milk and vanilla extract.
  • Add the dry mixture and the flaxseed meal mixture.
  • Lastly add the chopped walnuts into the cake batter.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake at this temperature for about 45- 55 minutes or until the tooth pick inserted into the center comes clean. 

  • Cool completely prior to cutting and serving.

Check out my Dutch Cocoa, Banana and Nut (Quick) Bread:
Sending this to Srivalli's Chocolate Mela

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  1. hey CL....desert rose and fruit of the desert! ...nice one, like it!
    Yummy and delicious cake....
    i am happy that u r still enjoying your passion!

  2. Looks so perfect. I have never tried adding cocoa + coffee combo to a date cake, very interesting.

  3. We get so many different kinds of dates in the middle east but tunisian is my favourite, I love its sweetness and texture. This is a keeper recipe..superb!

  4. Dates, Nuts and chocolate...that is a yummy combination..Nice pics !!

  5. wonder how u can bake such wonderful cakes...I must try this one!!...getting the aroma of coffee..n wow man...this is awsum!!..just loving it!!book marked!!!!!!!

  6. That looks so good CL..will surely try this sometime!

  7. lovely cake! love the combination of cocoa, coffee n walnuts

  8. Wat a prefectly baked cake, looks absolutely stunning and incredible..

  9. this is feast, both to the tastebuds and ot the ears, you have put up my fav singer up there

  10. I have been drooling over your clicks for the past 15 minutes.Just can't take my eyes off them :)...

  11. Love the color of the loaf. Yummy and I love chocolate

  12. looks so rich and moist... I want to grab it off the screen!

  13. Drooling and drooling. I will soon need a bib. Yummy Yummy love it. Bookmarked

  14. Wow!! yummy cake, Hats off to you for making delicious cakes. Loved ypur click.

  15. What a yummy looking cake. Drooling here. Loved the ingredients. Want to make this today itself.

  16. Hey Cool Lassie cool cake. I baked it and now I am full of this yummy cake. Thanks.

    Only 2 things I assume you have used 2 tsp baking powder double action and added the butter with the oil. Thats what I did you may want to update that. Thanks for the yummy recipe. I am going to be a hero among my friends for this one.

  17. Gmmmm - looks so rich and delicious. I absolutely must bake it for myself.

  18. ummmmm !!!! .. just drooling here:) I love it all the more coz its eggless and has a tangerine flavour too !

    bookmarking this CL !

  19. also, CL - at what temp and how long ??? I think that text got masked with the pics..


Thanks a bunch for your valuable comments and continued support.They are very much appreciated. Yes,like "Rain on Dry Land" and like "Oasis in Desert Sand".
XoXo, Cool Lassi(e)