My Love for Baking: I have been baking for the last 11 years & still, it gives me joy and the opportunity to try out something new and fresh. Baking is about mixing the right ingredients in the right amount and bake at the right temperature for the right duration. And with experience, you understand how certain ingredients mix well with others and you can be creative with your baking.
I love creating recipes that challenge the traditional ways of baking. From experimenting with whole wheat flour, oats flour, there are tons of ways to update your favorite sweet treats and improve the value of their overall nutrition without losing out on any of the flavors.
Dates are one of my most favorite dried fruits. For those who don’t know, dates are the dried fruits that hang off of the date palm trees. Whole dates have become a very popular way to sweeten both raw and baked desserts because they’re naturally sticky, moist, full of fiber, and most importantly, they are a “whole food” — in other words, they have undergone no manipulation or processing.
Prunes taste like plums with sweet traces which are brought during the drying process. Prunes are sticky and chewy. The prunes can make your favorite baked treats healthier by adding moisture while also decreasing the amount of sugar and fat in comparison to a standard brownie recipe. Plus, the unique flavor of prunes is truly indulgent and can satisfy any sweet tooth.
Also known as gur, jaggery is a winter-specific food, which can be either enjoyed as a standalone sweet or can also be used to make several mouth-watering desserts. Jaggery is a healthier alternative to refined sugar as well. You can easily ditch white sugar and switch to this yummy sweetener and use it to make tea, laddoos, halwa, and various other sweet dishes.
If you want to make your food preparation a little more nutritious, try adding dried fruit into your recipes. Not only are they good for your body but they also can boost the texture and moisture levels of bread and other baked goods.
A super moist cake with dates, prunes, carrots, and lots of dry fruits in every bite. It is a deliciously wholesome treat and thus goes well with an evening tea. No egg, no butter, no sugar is used in this cake. This eggless whole wheat carrot walnut cake ticks all the right kinds of boxes for me – it is very simple to make, it is bursting with flavor, it can be served warm with your coffee or tea, there is no messy frosting involved, it is healthy made with whole wheat flour and no sugar, it is moist, soft and spongy. Do try this cake
I made this delicious cake for my teacher (In dutch language “juf”) on her birthday. Her name is Natalie.
Whole Wheat Flour – 1 cup + 1 tbsp
Grated Carrot – 1 & 1/2 cups ( 2 medium-size carrots)
Dates (deseed) & Prunes – 10 each
Greek yogurt – 1 cup
Grated jaggery – 1/2 cup
Refined Oil – 1/4 cup
Baking Soda – 1 tsp
Chopped walnuts, cashews, almonds, dry red cranberries – 1 cup
- Add dry fruits to a mixing bowl and add 1 tbsp of flour. Mix them well and keep them aside.
- Sift dry ingredients: Whole wheat flour, baking soda. Now add salt with grated carrot, dry fruits. Mix them well and keep them aside.
- Now in a grinder add greek yogurt, deseed dates, prunes, oil with jaggery and grind until smooth.
- Now mix ground mixture into prepared dry ingredients. Mix them well and if the mixture looks dry add 2-4 tbsp of warm milk.
- Put batter into a greased pan and add dry fruits over batter and with help of spatula press nuts gently. Put the cake pan into a preheated wok and bake it for 1 hour 10 minutes.
- Adjust jaggery according to your taste.
- If baking in Oven: Bake in the preheated oven at 180 deg Celsius or around 360 Fahrenheit for about 60 minutes. The baking time may vary. So keep checking the cake after 40 to 45 minutes.
HOW TO BAKE THE CAKE IN KADAI (WOK)
In a heavy bottom, kadai add a cup of salt or sand. Place a steel stand in a wok. Cover and preheat the kadai on high heat for about 8 minutes. (Adding salt at the bottom ensures that the kadai doesn’t burn. Heavy bottom kadai acts as oven and ensures even cooking from all sides). I never used salt in my baking because I use a heavy bottom kadai (Prestige Brand) and I am baking for the past 2 years in the same kadai. It works perfectly fine. But, it depends on the brand, quality of the kadai.
After 8 minutes, lower the heat and put the baking tin in a kadai (wok). Cover a lid and bake bread for 60 minutes. After 60 minutes check the cake with a knife, if the mixture does not stick, it means the bread is done. If batter still sticks to the knife then again bread for another 10 minutes.