Saturday, July 20, 2013

Spiced Coffee, Date and Pomegranate Loaf



I have an eye for unusual cakes, and so when I saw Karen Martini's recipe for Spiced Coffee, Date and Pomegranate Loaf, it went straight to the "must make" list.

This cake has strong flavours from coffee, orange zest (or in my case, mandarin zest), dates, walnurs (I used almonds), cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and pomegranate molasses. I was pleased to finally be able to use my pomegranate molasses! This cake has big flavour, and is very moist, almost fudgy inside. Kids would not generally like this cake.

In the end, although I found the flavour and texture of this cake to be unusual, I enjoyed it. The only thing that I would change is the pomegranate molasses on top of the cake. I didn't like the sweet and sour taste in that context, and next time I would leave it off.

If you are looking for a cake that is a little different, you can't go past this one.

12 comments:

Kari said...

This sounds fantastic! I like unusual flavours too and in this case the mix includes everything I like in baking. What a great cake.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

This cake certainly looks different - love the unusual flavor combination in this recipe and those "warm" spice are just wonderful in baked goods!
Have a wonderful weekend!

yummychunklet said...

Ooh, pomegranate! Sounds delicious.

Johanna GGG said...

wow that is adventurous - and certainly different - I also used mandarin zest instead of orange zest today - must remember to buy oranges

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That looks like a really nice, dense loaf cake! :)

Cathleen said...

This sounds delicious! Bookmarking!

The Caked Crusader said...

Ooh - interesting texture. It reminds me of those italian salami's you see at christmas time that have chocs and bics in

Patty Price said...

I think it sounds good! It's fun to try unusual, out of our normal comfort zone, bread recipes and if you find something your don't like -you'll change it next time!
The flavor combination sounds intriguing here ;)

Kathy said...

This sounds so yummy to me! I think I would opt to leave out the molasses topping, too!

mireia badia said...

I hate coffe but this sounds like an interesting recipe!

Cindy said...

What if you are not a coffee drinker--or alcohol drinker. Should I just find something else. But I love all the other ingredients, dates, nuts etc. What to do.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Cindy, there's no alcohol, so you don't need to worry about that. Hmm, re the coffee, it may be worth trying black tea - totally different flavour, but I know tea and dates in a cake is good.