January 1, 2009

Walnut Raisin Cake

The New Year is here. Although we couldn’t see it very clearly when it came (the fog caused it, not the spirit), it did eventually dawn on us. We went on a really long drive to Karnal, gave our car for servicing and headed towards The Haveli for lunch. Hot sarson ka saag with makke ki rotis, some paneer methi malai (a dish I have vowed to recreate at home) with tandoori rotis and some namkeen lassi to end the meal.

I am so glad we started the year with a long drive. We barely took any trips in 2008 and we’re determined to go out and see more of this part of the country before we head back south, whenever that is.

Here’s a simple cake that seems perfect to welcome 2009. The recipe makes two cakes, so you can keep one and give the other away, spreading some cheer along the way. (It is actually a walnut raisin cake, but I had some chopped apple that I had to use up, so I threw it into the batter.)

3/4 cup Milk
1/2 cup Oil
1/4 cup Apple(optional)

1/2 cup Walnuts

½ cup Raisins
2 cups Flour
1 cup Sugar
1 tbsp Baking powder

1 tsp Vanilla
1 Egg
1/4 tsp Salt

Heat oven to 350 F. Prepare two 8" cake tins by greasing and flouring.

Mix milk, oil, vanilla and egg in a large bowl until well blended. Stir in the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Beat until well blended. Add the raisins, walnuts and aples , if using. Pour the batter into the two cake tins. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Here's to a safe and contented 2009! My heartfelt wishes to you and yours.


Preety said...

there is one Haveli restaurant in Ludhiana also i miss going there..gr8 recipe to start a new year..

Divya Kudua said...

Happy new year dear Raaga...cake looks pretty tempting..shall make it when I am in a gifting mood..;-).Btw,I started the new year by making your Banana nut loaf,needless to say it came out great,shall blog about it soon..!!

Slogan Murugan said...

Happy New Year!

suvi said...

Am so longing to eat some cake right now that this is totally not the post I should've read!! Sounds delicious...

Bong Mom said...

A Very Happy new Year to you and your family Raaga

Sig said...

Dear Raaga, wish you both an year filled with fun, food and lots of travel! Hugs!

Namratha said...

Wishing you a wonderful year ahead Raaga, and that's a delicious recipe!

Sharmi said...

Hey Raaga, wish you a very happy new year!!
the giveaway in my blog is over. for that you are supposed to send a cookie recipe:)

Gaurav said...

Hay realy "delicious"....

There are some very good dhabas serving good food in Karnal...

you can go to
Mayur and NeelKanth....

Happpy New Year...

CurryLeaf said...

Looks delish as always.Nice to know about your trip.Waiting for the panneer methi malai as well ;)

Arundathi said...

Hey there, stranger! :) was out of circulation for a while and looks like i'm just gonna blog hop for a bit. Happy Happy New Year to you and S.

Ashwini said...

Hi Raaga,

I am trying this cake today, wish me luck this will be my second cake bake!

Will let you how it turned out.


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