"A new form of cake" is all that can easily be said to summarize this cake. Indeed. I first had this cake when my dear friend Prajakta (I still got to make and post her finger-licking Malai Kofta!) made this and got some for me. I was wowed. It was a soft cake with an absolutely different taste. She had used the recipe from our Konkani fellow blogger Shilpa's Aayi's Recipes. The master recipe is here. Thanks to both Shilpa and Prajakta for introducing me to this cake. I love it and so does my family. My dad, who is not a major fan of dates, also liked it :)
Ingredients (Makes 1 loaf)
Pitted Seedless Dates - 18 (If normal dates are used, they need to be soaked with warm milk overnight)
Milk - 3/4 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
All purpose flour / Maida - 1 cup
Canola Oil - 1/2 cup
Baking soda - 1 tspn
Cashews, raisins - handful each (optional)
Preheat the oven at 350F.
Seive together flour and baking soda.
Grind the dates, milk and sugar together till the dates are finely mixed with the rest of the mixture.
Add oil and mix. Add the flour+baking soda mixture 2-3 tablespoons at a time and mix slowly. Add the nuts and mix.
Bake the cake in a greased oven proof dish for 50 mins - 1 hr (or till a knife inserted in the cake comes out clean)
This tastes great fresh and warm out of the oven!!