Today the mood at Kitchen Therapy is slightly reflective. We’ve been celebrating happiness and success, but it’s important to search for the essence of life.
The past couple of months I’ve seen too many untimely and unfair deaths of people I personally knew, leaving me in shock and yet so grateful I had the chance to know them: from college, during my book tour 5 years ago to whom I spoke to a few weeks before her tragedy, and an acquaintance. As I write this, I find it even harder to write about them in past tense. In such moments, we tend to mourn the regrets more than the loss itself.
This is nothing if not eye opening and placing life back into perspective; smile and laugh more, lose the hate. Our problems are only as big as we want them to be. Say thank you, say hello, say sorry. Forgive, forget, love more. Loose the grudges, and next time you bump into someone who hasn’t been awfully nice to you, give them an even bigger smile and hello. Trust me, it’s easier to spread the love than hate. Also… eat that piece of cake!
Speaking of which, this recipe began as an afterthought from an afternoon of excessive caramel-making. I thought about it, pondered, and did a bunch of reading, and decided to settle on something that used up some of my dates in the freezer and this caramel. I omitted the usual suspects like walnuts, almond, apples and cranberries, and decided on something simple with minimal efforts.
This cake is a moist, rich, tasty, almost Christmas-y and drizzled with thick caramel sauce that perfectly complements the cake. It is a rich cake. A very, very rich cake.
For the trial I used an 11 inch round cake tin, but the cake turned out a bit flatter than I would like. Next time I think I would opt for a 9 inch cake tin for a thicker slice. But the taste – my, my! I am in love with this, and even with all those healthy dates inside it. It is a cross between a cake and sticky toffee date pudding, which is best served with vanilla bean ice cream, thick cream or crème anglaise.
Psst… This cake is delightful when warmed just ever so slightly, but by no means necessary.