No it isn’t Christmas time. But that doesn’t mean one can’t enjoy the baked goodies of Christmas eh? Christmas in Mumbai; especially in Christian dominated Bandra would mean, houses lit up with eye blinding lights, Christmas trees and cribs around every corner, loud music and aromas of heavenly foods wafting out of every household. Enough waiting for Christmas. I would eat “this” today! After scouring my not-so-huge cookbook collection, I turned to the internet and came across a fascinating recipe here … Of course, using that as a guide I made my own variation to the loaf. The result?
A loaf, with the perfect crust with a blend of gorgeous dates and raisins that stays in your mouth even after you have gobbled up your piece. Trust me , you can’t just have one piece. 🙂
Though I drastically reduced the recipe by more than half, I was elated with the result . I’m sure you’ll be too!
150 gms flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
20 gms brown sugar
75 gms white sugar
35 gms butter. ( I used margarine as I didn’t have butter)
50 gms dates (chopped and pitted)
80 gms raisins
3/4 th cup water
Firstly put the water, half the amount of raisins and dates and all the margarine in a pot to cook. Boil for around 4-5 minutes. Let it cool.
Sift the flour, soda, and baking powder together.
Meanwhile, add the egg and sugars in another bowl.
Mix well .
Add the rest of the dates and raisins to the beaten egg mixture.
Pour in the cooled date and raisins mixture , mixing well .
Add in the sifted flour, making sure its completely mixed. Do not overmix . 🙂
Pour into a greased loaf pan.
Bake at 170℃ for 30 minutes until a skewer insrted comes out clean.
The original recipe calls for an overnight wait before slicing it up. I cut a slice immediately and did keep the rest overnight. Though the flavor was definitely enhanced after the wait, it tastes pretty darn good even straight warm out of the oven.
Now its your call here, have it right here right now… Or wait for all the flavors to blend in and celebrate Christmas all over again.