Spiced Walnut Ring
Spices are a way of life in India as far as food is considered! A variety of spices are skillfully blended in Indian cuisine not only for the flavor they impart to any dish but also for their health benefits.
This spicy cake is rich in energy, protein and calcium. The spices add that special Indian touch to it.Ginger, Nutmeg as well as Cinnamon all help ease digestion. Walnuts, which are a rich source of omega-3-fatty acids ( help in lowering cholesterol) add extra nutrition and crunch apart from its distinctive flavour.
I found this recipe in ‘Baby and Toddler Food’ by Tarla Dalal. I liked it because it uses Whole wheat flour (a very healthy alternative) to the all purpose flour (Maida), which is usually used to make cakes.
For 1 Mini Ring (8 pieces)
1 cup whole wheat flour(Atta)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder (dalchini)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup condensed milk
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
Method: Sieve the flour with the baking powder, ginger powder, nutmeg powder and cinnamon powder. Cream the butter and brown sugar in a bowl till light and fluffy Add the condensed milk, flour mixture, milk and walnuts and mix well. Pour this mixture into a greased 125 mm. (5″) diameter ring mould Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C (360°F) for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean.
My husband loved this cake and I could get only one piece for taste!