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Chinese Lemon Date and Walnut Cake

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Chinese Lemon Date and Walnut Cake


Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes


  • One cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • Four eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • Two teaspoons lemon zest, grated
  • Two tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts
  • Two tablespoons coarsely chopped dates
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Place eggs in a bowl and beat for 2 minutes until frothy. Add half of sugar and beat for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  2. Add remaining lemon zest and sugar then beat for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir flour into egg mixture gradually.
  4. Grease a 20 cm (9 inch) square pan and spoon in half the mixture.
  5. Add half of nuts and dates. Carefully spoon in remaining egg mixture.
  6. Sprinkle top with remaining nuts and dates, then cinnamon.
  7. Cover pan loosely to allow for rising, with a double layer of greased plastic wrap or parchment paper, or place a kitchen towel under steamer lid to keep any condensation from falling on cake.
  8. Transfer in a large steamer and cover.
  9. Partially pour the pot or wok with water and bring to a rapid simmer. Make sure the steamer does not touch the water.
  10. Put over water, cover and steam until a skewer inserted in cake comes out clean about 15 minutes.
  11. Cut large cake into squares or slices and serve warm or cold with fresh fruit.


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