NO Egg NO Butter : Dates and Almond loaf

Dates and almond loaf

I am not a big believer in egg-less baking not just because I eat eggs and really don’t see a reason not to use them in my cakes.  But I know from my personal experience that the fluffiness and the taste that eggs add to cakes cannot be recreated using other ingredients.

Baking without eggs makes the list of ingredients longer with curds, milk, milk powder, oil, honey, soda bi carbonate and so on…

On the positive, one need not follow any mixing rules. Mix wet things together, mix dry things together and add the dry stuff to the wet stuff. Simple!

However, I make an exception for ‘Dates and Almond loaf’. So much so that I feel the addition of eggs or butter would actually spoil it.

Dates and Almond loaf

Ingredients;

1 cup flour (Maida)

¾ cup caster sugar

15 dates without seeds

1 cup milk

½ tsp soda bi carbonate

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp vanilla essence

¼ cup refined oil

¼ cup sliced almonds

Process:

  1. Preheat the oven at 180o C for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove seeds from the dates. Take a cup-full of warm milk and soak the dates in the milk for about 30 minutes. Alternately, you can add the dates to milk and warm it in the microwave for 1 min max. Whichever method you adopt, make sure that the milk is not too hot else it will curdle after adding dates.
  3. Grind milk and dates into a fine paste.
  4. In a bowl add the date and milk paste, oil and sugar and vanilla essence. Mix well.
  5. In a separate bowl sieve flour. Add soda bi carbonate and baking powder to the flour and mix.
  6. Add 5 to 4 and mix well. Fold in sliced almonds.
  7. Line up a baking mould. If you want to make cupcakes out of this, then line up cup cake moulds.
  8. Add the mixture to the mould and bake it for 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on the loaf while it’s baking. Baking time usually differs for different ovens.

The colour of the dates you use will determine the colour of your loaf.

Date and Almond loaf is an ideal tea time snack. You can top it with a layer of icing of your choice but would advice against it. The cake tastes yum just the way it is!

Dates and Almond loaf

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