I have always loved everything related to books but was never quite sure about my love for food until I got married to a man whose palate always itches to try something different from the same old, same old. This isn’t about how much I eat because up until this moment, I’m not the kind of girl who fills up her belly. But since I met my husband in real life (within the four walls of our home), I’ve not only learnt to pay great attention to the quality of what goes into our bellies, I also look forward to every new meal. So for me, cooking is not a chore but an adventure. It always feels great to try my hands at making something new. From homemade sandwiches made with homemade spiced beef with lettuce to Thai inspired lemongrass and mint beef curry, nothing beats seeing the excited face of my household as we sit down to our food.
Because of my love for reading, I’ve been catapulted to discovering the intricately entwined relationship between food and books. From reading food blogs to downloading food memoirs, every food-related word has me scampering to the kitchen because I just have to try out the new party jollof rice recipe or maybe I will finally attempt a fibre rich chocolate pastry. Who knew that food and words could go together?
This Eid for my family is going to be a food affair just like for everyone. But lately, I’ve discovered that desserts are the cherry on top for Eid! They’re the Oh! So “gorgeous” that accompany the tomato sauces, the vegetable soups, fruit juices, grilled peppered beef and nestle chocolate drinks. And this edition is a game changer as I’ll be gracing the show with another version of our favourite cake – the decadent date chocolate cake with sticky toffee glaze. This cake is the bomb! The date paste makes it so moist and melty in the mouth and the toffee glaze gives it a satiny finish, making it so tasty and beautiful to the sight. Present it with a flourish at your Eid party or dinner and the “oohs” and “aahs” you will get from it will make it one unforgettable experience.
The original version of this cake belongs to Umm-e-Ismael which she published in issue 58 of Sisters Magazine. But I’ve tweaked a few things around it to make it my own custom edition. As with all cakes, this cake tastes better the next day. So It’s wiser to bake it a day before Eid.
This recipe yields two cups of date paste.
Extra Tip: You can add a squeeze of lemon juice instead of water for a tangy sweetener.It’s a good idea to make date paste in bulk and freeze in an airtight container. That way, It comes in handy whenever you need it
So this is it. It’s best to make a larger size as this heavenly cake doesn’t last long. (two days max in my own home). Now you can try something totally different this Eid. Once again, don’t forget to be creative with your recipe. I can’t wait to see other variations of this gorgeous cake.
Wardah Abbas is a lawyer turned full-time writer. She has been published in various magazines, online media platforms and anthologies. She is particularly passionate about women’s liberation and dismantling the global patriarchy and is currently co-working on a book on human rights for Muslim women. When she is not running around with her two-year-old toddler, taking online coding classes on Pluralsight or bleeding out honest words on Medium, She can be found struggling to meet’s a client’s deadline on a writing assignment. Catch up with her on twitter @Wardah_abbas or Medium @Wardahabbas