Walnut and date pie

Date and walnuts make a great “sugar free” mithai. They also make great pies!

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Ingredients:
Short crust

  • 300 gms maida
  • 150 gms butter(cold)
  • 1.2 tsp baking powder
  • 2tbsp powdered sugar
  • ice cold water to bind
  • 9″ diameter flan tin

Filling

  • 400 gms date(deseeded and finely chopped)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup cream*

*please read notes below, both Mandira and I skipped this and it worked just fine

Method:

  1. Cut cold butter into cubes.
  2. Sift maida and baking powder. Rub in the butter lightly using your fingers to get “crumbs”. Bind with cold water. DO NOT knead, but bind the crumbs with a little bit of cold water.You will not need more than 1-3 tbsp for this. Cover dough and refrigerate for 30 mins.
  3. For the filling heat butter in a thick bottom pan. Add the chopped and deseeded dates and water. Stir around till they become pulpy and soft.
  4. Add the walnuts, essence, lemon juice and cream.
  5. Remove pastry dough from fridge and roll out to fit the flan tin. Keep about 1/3rd aside to cover the top of the pie. Bake blind at 200 C for 15 mins till golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and cool. Spoon in the filling.
  7. Roll out the remaining dough and cut into thin strips. Lay the strips in a criss cross fashion over the filing. Bake again for 10-15 min at 200 C.

Source: Nita Mehta’s book Bakes and Cakes

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Lakshmi’s notes: I replaced the maida with wheat flour (whole wheat atta) and it worked brilliantly. I also quartered the recipe and made two mini pies in tart moulds. I loved the short crust this recipe produces – its very very cookie like and melt in mouth. I skipped on the cream for the filling. I don’t think the cream is required at all – the pulpy dates and walnuts are quite rich and tasty by themselves. I added cinnamon powder instead of the essence.

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Mandira’s notes: I wanted to make the filling lighter so I skipped the cream altogether. I dont think it made any great difference to the taste. I also forgot to add the essence(!!) but the original taste of the dates and walnuts worked just fine for the family. I think the essence is superfluous! I have tried various butter and maida proportions for short crust pastry. I have found this to be the best.

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