Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ginger, Walnut, Date cake... with a twist...

Hubby is learning to bake.  
He's an amazing cook but baking is his next Everest.

Over the weekend he treated me to a Walnut, Ginger and Date cake that was so delicious I asked him if I was allowed to share the recipe with blogland. You see even though he used (and improved) a basic Date Loaf recipe from bestrecipes.com he added a little magic.....

Lemon Thyme ... in the icing!
And oh boy does it work. 
Melted couverture/ quality organic white chocolate and fresh lemon thyme buds.
Crushed and sprinkled on top before the chocolate hardens.

Here's the recipe if you'd like to try it....


1 cup chopped dates
1/4 Cup chopped 'Naked' Buderim Ginger - (Glace Ginger will work, though)
1/4 Cup Chopped walnuts - Chunky is great!
1- 1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda 1 cup boiling water
1 x tsp cinnamon
1 x tsp ground ginger
2 tablespoons soft butter
3⁄4 cup sugar (I like to use brown sugar)
1 beaten egg
1 cup self-raising flour
1⁄2 cup plain flour

  1. Grease a loaf tin. or use baking paper
  2. Place dates, cinnamon, ground Ginger, Naked Ginger, walnuts, soda and hot water in a bowl and stir - allow to thicken and cool  slightly.
  3. In another bowl,mix butter & sugar,  add egg and mix until creamy.
  4. Add date mix to butter mix, then add flours and mix well.
  5.  Bake at 180°C for about 45 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.
  6. Melt some good quality white chocolate to spread in a thin layer on top
  7. Sprinkle with fresh thyme buds before chocolate hardens


Vintage Jane said...

Now that sounds (and looks) good! I will be printing our the recipe and giving it a go! So good to have a husband who bakes. M x

terlee said...

Yummy looking cake. And it seems like your hubs is well on his way to becoming a baker--lucky you! ;D

ellen said...

Yum, slurp and drool here.