Ingredients (yields 15-20 slices):
2 cups multi-grain Atta (I used a home-made version)
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup dates
½ cup walnuts
½ cup softened cooking butter
1 cup milk
7 sachets of Greco green coffee (500 mg each)
¾ cup raw cane sugar, or as per taste
- Chop the walnuts finely. De-seed the dates and chop them finely too. Keep handy.
- Boil the milk. Add the green coffee and chopped dates to the hot milk. Let the dates soak in the milk for 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix the dry ingredients together. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the multi-grain Atta, walnuts, baking powder and baking soda. Ensure that all the dry ingredients are well combined together.
- Cream the butter and sugar well, until both ingredients are well incorporated together.
- Preheat the oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Keep a loaf pan greased and floured, ready.
- After 15-20 minutes, when the dates have softened a bit, add the milk-dates-green coffee mixture to the dry ingredients in the bowl. Add in the creamed butter and sugar. Add just enough water to make a thick batter, about 1 cup. The batter should be thick, not too runny. Mix well, without overdoing it.
- Pour the batter into the ready loaf pan and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for 40-50 minutes at about 170 degrees or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
- I have used home-made multi-grain atta here. You could use store-bought atta instead, or use wholewheat flour.
- I have used raw cane sugar here, to make the cake healthy. You can use refined sugar or other healthier alternatives as well. Increase/decrease the quantity of sugar you use, depending upon your taste preferences.
- A couple of drops of vanilla or another essence can be added to the batter as well. I skipped that.
- I used Nandini full-fat milk to make this cake.
- Use just enough water to bring the batter to the right consistency. I needed about 1 cup.
- Increase/decrease the quantity of Grecobe green coffee that you use, as per your taste preferences. I personally felt that 7 sachets were just right, and that any more would have made the cake bitter.
- Almonds can be used in place of walnuts, too. A mix of walnuts and almonds would work well too.
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