Dates and chocolate chip cake

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Ingredients:-

  1. Dates – 1 cup; seeded and chopped finely
  2. Baking soda – 1/2 tsp.
  3. Boiling water – 1/2 cup
  4. Plain flour –1 cup
  5. Baking powder – 1/2 tsps.
  6. Salt – a pinch
  7. Butter – 100 grams; softened
  8. Castor sugar – 1/2 cup
  9. Brown sugar – 1/4 cup
  10. Eggs – 2 numbers, medium
  11. Vanilla essence – 3/4 tsp.
  12. Walnuts– 1/4 cup; coarsely crushed

For the topping:-

  1. Chocolate chips – 1/3 cup
  2. Butter – 1.5 tbsps.; chilled
  3. Brown sugar – 2 tbsps.
  4. Plain flour – 2 tbsps.

Method:-

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Add baking soda and the chopped dates to boiling water. Keep this mixture aside for 1-2 hours.
  3. Sift together the plain flour, salt & baking powder.
  4. Beat together the softened butter, castor sugar and brown sugar for 10 minutes with a hand mixer till light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in the 2 eggs, one by one and beat well after each addition.
  6. Beat in the vanilla essence.
  7. Fold in the dry flour mixture alternated with the dates mixture.  Fold in teh walnuts.
  8. Pour the batter into a prepared 8″ cake tin. Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle it over the batter.
  9. Bake at 180C for 35-40 minutes. Let cool completely.
  10. Cut the cake into wedges, prick each wedge with a fork and soak with hot toffee sauce. (Mix together 1 tbsp. of butter, 2 tbsps. of brown sugar and 3 tbsps. of cream in a medium sauce pan and cook till the sauce thickens).
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