Christmas Date Cake – Taatelikakku

It’s traditional to have a date cake at Christmas time in Finland. This works really well as a glutenfree cake as, the date fibers do a good job of holding the cake together and combating the usual glutenfree ‘crumbliness’. And they also add an awesome natural, caramel flavour. What follows here is pretty much a straight translation to English of this recipe.

  • 300ml water
  • 150ml brown sugar
  • 250g stone-less dates
  • 200g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2t vanilla sugar (or 1t of vanilla extract)
  • 2t psyllium husk powder
  • 2t baking powder
  • 350ml ‘fine’ glutenfree flour
  1. Dice the dates and place them into a pot with the sugar and water.
  2. Simmer the mix over a medium heat until it’s thick and the date have fully ‘broken down’.
  3. Take the pot off the heat, add the butter and stir it melts and blends in.
  4. Leave it to cool to room temperature. When cooled, add the eggs and beat until smooth.
  5. Sieve in the flour, baking powder, psyllium powder and vanilla sugar and mix in until just mixed.
  6. Pour the batter into a well-greased cake tin.
  7. Bake at the bottom of a 175C oven for about 50-60 minutes or until ready.
  8. Leave to cool to room temperature before eating (it’s much better cool).

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