The so-called “BER” months. I can almost smell Christmas! Went to the city mall yesterday to pay bills and went to the nearby mall to buy home necessities. Then, I hear Christmas song playing in the grocery shop.
“Maaga ang Pasko”!
I got too enthusiastic and went home feeling all-too Chrismassy I got this idea of baking Christmas goodies. Yes, more baking.
I always remember my Tita way back in Manila buying basketful of delectable goodies (together with Festival Fruit Cake and other petits fours) wrapped in colorful cellophane.
Then, I thought, why not make me some “Food for the gods”? Don’t know anything much about the history of this recipe (all I know is, they’re divinely sweet, buttery, nutty cakes).
Then, going to several bakery outlets and two huge grocery shops in the city, I find no luck finding “pitted dates” which was called for in the recipe. Tried to find pecans, too. There was none. I went home with cashews and walnuts. Thought they’re as good as the dates.
So, here’s the recipe for that “Food for the gods”.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins (optional) -I use this in replacement of pitted dates
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9×13 baking pan.
Combine first four ingredients.
Combine butter and sugars. Beat until fluffy -about 5 minutes.
Add eggs one at a time.
Gradually add in the flour mixture.
Coat nuts and raisins in a little flour then add to the creamed mixture.
Mix just until blended.
Transfer to the baking pan. Bake 10 minutes for 350 degrees F. Lower heat 300 degrees F and bake for 30-35 minutes.
Let cool before cutting into desired square sizes.
Result: Chewy treat! Love the combination of walnuts and the sweet/sour taste of raisins. The cake is moist and taste like butterscotch. Indulgent!
Made 42 square pieces today -wrapped them in colored cellophane. Feel like Christmas na!!! I never knew making this recipe would be just as easy. Promise talaga! Isasama ko siya together with fruits this holiday season. Pramiz na pramiz yan! Excited na for Christmas!!!
On the dessert table today….Brownies (recipe to be posted tomorrow) on top, decadent “FOOD FOR THE GODS ” at the bottom layer…
BTW, these goodies would be perfect as holidays gifts. Remember, its a little expensive when you buy them at bakery shops. Check out Chocolate Crinkles which are also great as holidays gifts.
My name is Clarizze. Close friends call me Riz. I am a mom. Full time mommy and wifey. The reason why I created this blog is because I have a forever hungry and demanding family members^_^. Hence, I share in this blog, how I am surviving and coping at this most underpaid career in this world -managing finances, kitchen misadventures, and trying hard cook.