Chocolate and Tea Infused Date Loaf

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There are few recipes with which you can play around,put your own stamp, tweak a bit here and there with the ingredients and so on; whereas there are few recipes,where you prefer to go  by the original taste and let it remain as pristine as possible ! This recipe qualifies into the second category for me.The recipe belongs to my friend Dwaipayan Dhar Chowdhury blogging at Food4thought .Dwaipayan is  one of the most passionate foodie I have ever met.We can chat hours on discussing about his and mine(actually more of his than mine ) latest acquisitions of cake tins and ramekins,recipes,cookery

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books,experiments with unusual cooking ingredients and even some recipe’s socio-cultural history . He is a  passionate foodie ,a great cook and a mind blowing baker who apart from giving me a lot of important tips on baking ,taught me to replace butter with oil and have light ,moist and super soft cakes.If that’s not all I got the inspiration to blog from him.Wish he himself starts blogging more often.But then geniuses are like that,bit careless about themselves ,ain’t they?

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This chocolate and tea infused date loaf spiked by the heavenly aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon is a tea lover’s delight.The dates make the loaf sweet at right places.This loaf is a cross between bread and cake.It’s not overtly sweet and remains moist for two-three days at a stretch if kept in air tight box.Before I leap into the recipe,got to say whenever I have made this loaf ,whoever have ate this ,asked me ‘what have you put in the cake..ummm it’s so good?’ Well ,there’s no secret ingredient.Trust me.Whenever I pass on this feedback to Dwaipayan about his recipe ,he says ”Its’s my recipe after all,got to be good ;)” ! Well whatever that means,I bow down to this magic baker friend of mine ,who taught me to be confident about baking.Much thanks to him 🙂

 

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Ingredients

  • All purpose flour/self raising flour  : 3/4 cup
  • Cocoa powder :1/4 cup
  • Baking powder :1 tablespoon
  • Salt,a pinch
  • Cinnamon powder :1/2 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg powder: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Vanilla essence :1 tablespoon
  • Granulated sugar :1/2 cup
  • Black tea :1 cup
  • Eggs : 2
  • White oil :1 cup
  • Dates : Deseeded and chopped ,1/2 cup

 

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Recipe:

  • Preheat your oven at 180 degrees
  • Sift the flour,cocoa powder,baking powder,salt,cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder together.
  • Beat the eggs with sugar and oil .Keep the egg mixture aside.
  • Put the chopped dates in black tea and boil this for 2 minutes.Do not let the dates to get mashy at this stage.Leave it to cool at room temperature.
  • Now fold in the flour mixture with the egg mixture slowly with the help of wooden spoon.
  • Add dates with tea in the egg and flour mixture and fold in slowly.
  • Add vanilla in the cake batter.
  • Grease and flour a loaf tin and  put the batter in that.
  • Transfer the batter into the tin.Put the tin in the all ready preheated oven and bake the cake for 45-50 minutes or toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Take the loaf off the tin and keep it on a wired rack to cool down.
  • Serve it with tea or coffee.
  • Enjoy !
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