Date, Tamarind & Walnut Cake with Lemon Cardamom Icing

Date, Walnut and Tamarind Cake with Lemon Cardamom Icing
Date, Walnut and Tamarind Cake with Lemon Cardamom Icing

The Bake Off is over, the best woman won and now I have to find another excuse for regular baking (as if an excuse was ever needed).  For the Final bake I wanted to go for something special, of course, and from my pile of recipes torn out of magazines and newspapers ‘to try soon’ came this incredible, amazing (to quote one of my tasters) recipe by Dan Lepard.  There’s also a link to it here if you want to try it out yourself.

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It isn’t the ‘classic british cake’ demanded of the Bake Off finalists but it does contain cardamom in honour of the very deserving winner: well done Nadia 😀

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The only diversion I made from Lepard’s instructions was to soak the cardamom in the lemon juice for the icing before pouring it through a mesh tea strainer:  I couldn’t get the cardamom seeds finely ground enough in my pestle and mortar and by soaking it in the juice I got the flavour without any unwanted bits.  I also added ‘walnuts’ to the title and on top of the icing; they are such a prominent feature of the cake I think they deserve a mention.

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