April 30, 2015

Eggless Butterless Date Cardamom Squares

Every happy event in life becomes happier if it ends on a sweet note. And this baking journey all of April, there have been 26 baking posts by the participating members of Baking BM. For me , it’s a personal milestone of having posted 26 baked treats in a row – thank you Valli and the entire Blogging Marathon for a wonderful run this Marathon. It was amazing to see some wonderful bakes which were awe-inspiring. Hope to clear out those bookmarks pretty soon J

From Orange Almond Meal Cake on day 1 to these Eggless Butterless Dates – Cardamom squares today (day 26), its been a sweet journey of learning and sharing. I made it for no other special occasion than to end the baking marathon and here’s raising a toast to all the BMers.

Baking Marathon Day 26 : Dates Cardamom squares (Eggless & Butterless)
Recipe type : Cakes / Tea Cakes
Course: Dessert / Tea cake 
Prep time: 10 mins | Bake time : 22-25 mins
Recipe Inspiration : DIvya’s recipe

Ingredients:
  • All Purpose flour – ½ cup
  • Wholewheat flour – ½ cup
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt – a pinch (about 1/8 tsp)
  • Baking powder – 1.25 tsp
  • Cashewnuts – 2 TBSP (chopped coarsely)
  • Black dates – pitted – about 25 pieces (you could use normal dates too)
  • Milk – 80 ml
  • Custard powder – 2.5 tsp
  • Brown Sugar – 2/3 cup (powdered)
  • Oil – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 150 ml

Method:
  1. Sieve the flours with salt & custard powder. Pit the dates and grind them with, add 150 ml to these dates , whisk well & heat this mixture till it becomes gooey, take it off the fire and add in baking powder and cardamom powder. It would froth quite a bit so take care. Let this mixture cool down.
  2. Into the flour mixture, add cut nuts .. In a separate bowl, mix sugar, oil and milk well. Add this to the flour mixture, along with the cooled date puree.
  3. Fold gently till you get a thickish cake like batter without any dry flour between the folds. Pour into a greased and lined pan, bake on a preheated oven for 25-30 mins (mine was done exactly 27 mins) and a tooth pick comes clean.
  4. Cool on a wire rack, unmould , cut and serve. You may also frost if you wish. I just added a stencil cut icing sugar topping and glazed cherries 


13 comments:

  1. I like the pictures and the presentation. Nice sweet note to end the month long effort.

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  2. beautiful clicks... it was a great marathon with so many recipes bookmarked....

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  3. Very nice bake to end the marathon with Kalyani..I enjoyed all your bakes and gosh so many to try out now..great job even with all your commitments..Kuods..

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  4. Squares are beautifully presentation. Enjoyed all your bakes and it fun doing this BM

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  5. That is such a pretty cake. It also sounds very flavorful and delicious too.
    Enjoyed all your bakes during the marathon Kalyani.

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  6. That cake looks pretty with that icing sugar pattern. Enjoyed all your bakes during this marathon.

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  7. Wow, thats a pretty and very soft squares Kalyani, that icing sugar pattern gives a neat look..Superb.

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  8. Beautiful cake to end the marathon with...so glad you could finish the marathon in spite of being so busy. It's been wonderful running this marathon with you, Kalyani.

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  9. the sugar pattern looks great. Cake is very inviting.

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  10. The stencil idea is really cool. A fitting finale for the month long awesome bakes, Kalyani. It was a pleasure to go through all of them.

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  11. Cake looks so pretty and the pattern looks gorgeous and love the idea..

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  12. Delectable cake!! I am sure dates and cardamom as paired up very well..

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Cheers
Kalyani

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