Sunday, March 21, 2010

Date Spice Cake

Date sugar is more a food than a sweetener. It contains fiber and nutrients, just as fresh dates do.

Although it will not dissolve very well in your cup of coffee, it works very well, substituted cup-for-cup, in any baked-goods recipe that calls for brown sugar.

Date sugar is not recommended for diabetics or those on a low-glycemic diet, but it's great for anyone else who wants a very unrefined close-to-nature sweetener.

Date sugar - substitute one cup date sugar for each cup granulated sugar.


2 eggs, separated
1/2 c cane juice crystals
1/3 c. butter
2 1/4 c whole wheat pastry flour
1 t baking powder
1 t sea salt
3/4 t. baking soda
3/4 t ground cinnamon
3/4 t. ground cloves
1 c date sugar
1 c +2 t. buttermilk

Beat egg whites til frothy. Gradually add cane juice crystals. Continue beating til very stiff and glossy.

In second bowl beat butter til softened. Add dry ingredients and 3/4 c buttermilk. Beat 1 min.

Add remaining buttermilk and yolks. Beat 1 min. Fold in egg white mixture.

Pour into 2 greased and flour 8" round or 1 13x9x2" pan. Bake at 350ºF for 30-35 min.

Here are some ingredients that you can buy on the farm

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