Indian easy to make Date and Walnut Coffee Cake by Neharika

11/2 cups whole wheat flour/atta
½ cup all purpose flour/maida
½ cup cold pressed organic sunflower oil or any good vegetable oil
¾ cup organic unrefined cane sugar or organic demerara sugar (adjust as per your taste preferences)
1 cup soy milk or regular milk
1 cup water
1 cup seedless dates
½ cup walnuts
2 tsp instant coffee
1 tbsp cacao nibs or small chocolate chips – if adding choco chips, then adjust the sugar accordingly
½ tsp vanilla bean powder or vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
a pinch of salt
chop the dates and walnuts and keep aside. line or grease a cake pan. then heat the milk and switch off the flame. add the coffee powder and stir. add the dates. stir and allow the dates to be in the milk for some 15-20 minutes or more. begin the process of sieving both the whole wheat flours and all purpose flour with salt, baking soda and baking powder. now you can preheat the oven to 200 degrees C/392 F. take the seived flour mixture in a large bowl. add the sugar & vanilla powder and mix. add the soaked dates along with the milk, 1 cup water, walnuts and oil. mix with an electric beater at medium to high speed till the whole batter is uniform and mixed evenly. don’t overdo the mixing. pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan. with the help of a rubber spatula remove the batter from the sides of the bowl and add it to the cake pan. shake the cake pan from the sides. place in the pre heated oven. bake for 45 mins to 1 hour or until the a tooth pick inserted in the cake comes out clean. serve the dates walnut coffee cake warm with some tea or coffee. the remaining cake can be kept in an air-tight box and refrigerated.


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