Food For the Gods

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It’s that time of the year when I plan the baked goodies that I plan to give as gifts to my friends. Food for the Gods is such a delightful recipe to bake during the holidays when one doesn’t have the time to bake Fruit Cake. It entails less preparation and baking time. It’s the perfect dessert to prepare beforehand. Baked with a delightful blend of dates and walnuts, molasses, tinge of brandy and cinnamon, the taste is reminiscent of fruit cake sans the fruit glaze. You should try it. It’s simple to bake. Your kitchen will also emit holiday aroma that gives you more reason to keep baking and baking.

Here is my recipe to start you off baking a dessert fit even for gods.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons Brandy
1 cup dates, cut in strips
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup butter
2 tablespoons molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons Honey
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder

Procedure

1. Preheat oven to 350 F

2. Grease square pan

3. Combine dates. nuts, and 2 tablespoons brandy. Set aside.
dates and walnuts
(Dates and walnuts are blended with the 2 Tablespoons of brandy)

4. Cream butter until fluffy.

5. Add sugar, molasses, and honey gradually.

6. Add eggs one at a time and continue beating.

7. Blend in 2 tablespoons brandy. (Lauren wanted to add more brandy but it might make the batter too bitter.)

8. Sift together flour, cinnamon and baking powder.

food for the gods

9 Add to creamed mixture.

10. Fold in dates and nuts. Blend well.

11. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. (Bake only until a wooden toothpick inserted about one inch from side of pan comes out with a moist crumb. The center will often see, unbaked but it will be firm upon cooling.)
food for the gods
(Freshly baked food for the gods)

12. When cool, cut into bars.
food for the gods

13. Wrap in cellophane.
Food for the Gods

Don’t they look like gold bars?

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17 thoughts on “Food For the Gods”

  1. Hi, I tried your recipe. But my food for the gods didn’t have a cake-like consistency. I think it was too moist. I tried putting it a little longer in the oven but it didn’t help. I was thinking that I needed to add more flour. Am I right? Or what did I do wrong?

  2. i don’t like dates..can I replace it maybe with almonds or macadamias? or what about cherries or raisins? will that be ok?

  3. i baked mine at 170C for 30 min .. the upper part of smelled burnt but the middle wasn’t baked yet.. how come? what should i do? pls help me

  4. hi! pls help! I baked mine at 170C for 30 min in 9×13 pan.. the top part looked burnt but the middle area wasn’t baked..

  5. hi! im looking for the following recipes:

    1. the flat round cheese pie sold in Select Magallanes

    2. maja pandan

    3. Becky’s kitchen’s Greek cookies

    can u please feature them?

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