all purpose flour 2 cups
banana 2 mashed(very ripe)
dates 20-22(pitted & chopped)
milk 1 cup
walnuts 1/2 cup
sugar 3/4-1 cup
baking powder 1 tsp
baking soda 1 tsp
vegetable oil 1/4 cup
butter 1/4 cup(refer notes)
salt a pinch
-Pre heat oven to 200 degrees F and toast the walnuts in the tray for 10-12 minutes so that the skins are removed easily.Chop small and keep aside.
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 12*8 " pan with parchment paper at the bottom,coat the sides with butter.
-Sift the flour and add baking soda,baking powder and salt.Combine well ,keep aside.
-Mash the peeled bananas with a fork or in a blender.Keep aside.
-Cream the butter and sugar until smooth and combined.
- In a microwave safe bowl,add in the chopped dates with milk and heat on high for 2-3 minutes until dates are softened or leave soaked overnight.
-Cool it down completely.Blend this mix in a blender till it forms a smooth paste.
-Add the paste,mashed bananas to the creamed butter sugar mix.Add in the flour slowly and finish with the oil.Make a batter without lumps.Add in the toasted walnuts,vanilla extract and stir.
-Pour in the desired baking tray and place it in the oven.bake for 30-35 mins or till the tooth pick inserted comes out clean.Cool on wire rack and cut in pieces.Mine was done at 33 minutes.
-Serve with tea or milk !!
Servings~ 12*8 cake
* You can use oil alone by replacing the amount of butter with oil.
* I have used 3/4 th cup of sugar,yields a moderately sweet cake.Increase upto 1 cup if you desire more sweet.
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