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Flavour #41 Dates and walnut Cheesecake (food for the gods)
Huh! What a way to start the countdown.. cheesecake for the gods 🙂 this recipe is a combination of dates, walnut and cheese for which it is commonly called ” food for the gods”. I am not sure why and how the cake got its name but let me guess. Dates and walnuts are not common in the Philippines, hence, it’s quite expensive to make it.Gods, may denote rich and famous people. Back then, It was only for the rich and famous who can afford to have this kind of cake, middle class people tried to have it at least during special occasion like Christmas. Well, this is my theory of how this cake got the name” food for the Gods”. Am I making sense?
Alright let’s add cheese to the lavish and rich ingredients of this cake, tailored for the King and Queen as well hahaha, kidding aside, this cheesecake is deliciously rich! Try it and maybe you might say, its heaven! 🙂
Saudi Arabia is the homeland of Date palm trees.It is a must to break their fast during Ramadan with dates and water. There are about 300 types of dates in Saudi Arabia. Oh! let’s not get into detail, let’s bake cheesecake!
For a more beautiful presentation of cheesecake for the gods, I choose a different baking pan, so my cheesecake will look like a “chess” board.
1 1/4 cups cake flour
1 cup date paste
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
3 pcs eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 pks (300 g each) Philadelphia cream cheese
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whipping cream
Pre heat oven Gas mark # 3
Cream butter until fluffy, add sugar slowly while mixing at medium speed. Add eggs one at a time, continue until thoroughly mix. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients, add it to the butter mixture. Add dates and walnuts, continue beating until well combined.
In a separate bowl, combine cheese and sugar,(i used rubber spatula) add egg one at a time. Continue mixing,add sour cream and whipping cream. Mix well until smooth.
spray the pan with butter.
Place the cake batter at the outer part and the cheese batter at the inner side. Repeat the other way on the second set.
Bake for 40 minutes. Let it cool for another hour before decorating.
Ladies, this cheesecake is for the King and Queen! Please try and enjoy the lavish treat! 🙂