They are on…’what?’you may ask…well ,the lights in the town centre…again, you may ask, ‘has your town centre always been in the dark?’…to which I say…’no, but these are special lights,the Christmassy ones’…and by this time, you have every right to go”hmph, you could have said that in the first instance”. Well, I didn’t , so please bear with me.
Yes, the town centre was beautifully lit when we paid it one of our rare visits last weekend …we walked through its lanes with the cold wind striking our face.It was already dark when we arrived and there was also a slight drizzle…but no one seemed to care…it was as if the whole town was out there to shop with a vengeance. There were hordes of people in the streets…both shoppers and window shoppers alike. The air did have a festive ring to it…well, it certainly had, if you count the Christmas tunes ringing out from every other corner and the large signs in front of shops proclaiming to offer the best deals while buying gifts for your dear ones, as such. Although, at some point it does seem to be too commercialised, on second thoughts, it is heartwarming that at least, this time of the year, people do remember their dear ones. In this fast paced world, if a festival succeeds in bringing people together to share a laugh, it certainly ought to be celebrated.
Coming back to the recipe, I have been meaning to make something with dates for a long time…but they always seem to disappear before they get cooked…your’s truly is addicted to them But , this time, I really made sure, I completed what I had set out to do. It is a very simple date, apple and pecan bundt cake drizzled with honey and nuts.
Talking of dates,
A date fruit is the product of a date palm, a tree native to Northern Africa and the Middle East, although it is also cultivated in other parts of the world. In addition to being eaten fresh, the date fruit is dried and eaten whole as a snack or included in an assortment of desserts.
1 C dates, chopped
1/2 tsp grated ginger
a handful of pecans, and a little more, choppped
1 apple, peeled, cored, sliced and cut into small pieces
4 tblsp of honey and a little more to drizzle over the cakes
3/4 C water
1 tblsp butter
1 C plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
- Place the dates, ginger, the handful of nuts, apple, 4 tblsps of honey, butter and water in a pan and mix together.
- Place the pan over medium heat, and stirring constantly, cook the mixture for 4-5 minutes or till it begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat and cool. This itself tastes yum…so you won’t be blamed if you can’t bring yourself to go on to the next step
- Pre heat the oven at 160 deg C and grease two 4 inch bundt pans.
- In a bowl, mix the flour and baking powder along with the cooled date mixture.
- Fill the pans nearly to the top with this mixture.
- Place the pans in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 25- 30 min or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean. If you fancy a dense, fudgy cake like me, take them out a little earlier( when very little bits stick to an inserted toothpick).
- Leave the cakes in the pans for a couple of minutes, and then, placing a plate, one at a time, over each, and holding together, invert the cakes onto the plates.
- Mix the remaining honey and nuts and drizzle over the cakes when cooled, slice and serve.
but you could always bake it a little longer if you want it more cakey. As you must have realised by now, this goes to dear Chandrika as an entry for AFAM, and event originated by Maheshwari…and this month, the theme is, of course, dates.