This isn't a coffee flavoured cake, but a dense cake which is meant to be eaten with a hot drink, and sometimes split and buttered. They are not really sweet like regular cakes or soft like normal cakes, but are sturdier and meant to be eaten warm . . . at the weekend . . . for brunch possibly . . . they fall somewhere in between being a cake and being a bun/scone, if that makes sense! Generally speaking they will have a crumb filling or a crumb topping, or sometimes even both. Whatever . . . I've never met one I didn't love!!!
This one is especially nice! It has a lovely sweet and nutty/buttery date and walnut filling, which lies in the middle of two buttery layers of cake/bun/scone.
I just adore dates and they lend an almost caramel flavour to this filling . . . and of course the brown sugar/butter forms little pockets of candy like caramel as well . . .
And then there is the crunch of walnuts . . . I like to toast my walnuts, personally. I think it lends an extra crunch to them and layer of nuttiness. In any case . . . they are in the middle and sprinkled over the top.
This is a cake that was meant to be shared! You are going to absolutely love LOVE it! Adapted from a recipe in the old Purity Flour Book from way back when, so you just know its going to be good. When I bake things like these . . . I sure wish I wasn't a diabetic because my cake loving soul just wants to plunge right in and enjoy. Sigh . . . well, perhaps just one tiny smidgen of a taste. That can't hurt too much. They do say a little bit of something nice does a body good.
*Date and Walnut Coffee Cake*Serves 6 - 8
You will need an additional 30g(1/4 cup) chopped walnuts
Now that's a weekend bake you can really sink your teeth into! Bon Appetit!