English Walnut Date Cake

English Walnut Date Cake

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"This has been a favorite of my husband's since I can long remember. His mother always manages to bake him one every year (she's 75) for Christmas......though she claims it's always his last."

Ingredients 2 h {{adjustedServings}} servings 633 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 633 kcal
  • 32%
  • Fat:
  • 38.4 g
  • 59%
  • Carbs:
  • 70.7g
  • 23%
  • Protein:
  • 12.6 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 51 mg
  • 17%
  • Sodium:
  • 81 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine dates, walnuts, sugar, baking powder and flour. Stir in egg yolks. In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the whites into the fruit/nut mixture until no streaks remain. Spoon into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
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BGILDAY
12/2/2003

I experimented with this cake having had one of a similar name at a wedding. This was different, but wow, was it great! I took it to work and everyone wanted the recipe. I enjoy it without icing, but added, for work, an icing made of 1 and 1/4 c. icing sugar, sifted, 2 tbsp. softened butter, and maple syrup until it was the consistency to drizzle over the cake. I found by purchasing chopped dates separated by a little flour, that the prep time was considerably shortened. I also found that I could make some extra cupcakes as the recipe was quite large.

GURUJEEA
7/1/2003

I am new to baking and this was just the third cake I tried, ever. It came out really well. I took it to a friend's place for dinner and the cake got over in no time. I scaled the recipe for 8 servings instead of 16 and reduced the amount of dates and walnuts by half since the ingredients are expensive and I am not very experienced. The cake still came out really well. The one thing I realized half way through was that there were very little wet ingredeients and after I added the yolk, the batter was still not wet and homogenous. I almost gave up at that point. If you are new to baking, don't worry about this, the cake turns out yummy despite this. Another hurdle was the dates; they were really soft and were sticking to each other. I dusted each piece with flour before mixing them with the other dry ingredients and the remaining flour. This can be time consuming, but worth the effort.

Syd
11/10/2005

This is more of a confection than a cake - and it is wonderful. Unbelievably delicious, and extremely beautiful.