Christmas is almost here! And every year, I always try to bake something to give my friends in addition to the store-bought Christmas present we buy for them. There is something personal about making something and giving to my friends instead of just buying things from the store. And in any case, if only I have all the time, I prefer to make everything homemade – there is something so therapeutic about making things from scratch and seeing the finished product!
My husband says that I don’t need to do this since I am super busy the past days. But because I have gotten used to doing it annually, it felt a bit wrong to skip it this year. So despite my packed and stressful weeks, I still pushed through to bake something to giveaway for Christmas this year. I didn’t need to make a lot for this year anyway. We aren’t meeting a lot of friends this year (they are not traveling to Dublin) and the friends we are meeting up with have decided to take a “sugar cutback”.
Because I don’t have much free time on my hands these days, I decided to make something that is not too fussy to do. In addition to that, I was craving for this myself – so baking it to give and have a little bit for myself is like hitting two birds with one stone!
Food for the gods is a common treat I grew up with. I am not sure whether it is a Filipino recipe (I highly doubt because we don’t have walnuts in the Philippines) but for as long as I can remember, my Mom would always have these in stock during the festive season. And I remembered the first time I gave it to my friends (Italian) for Christmas a couple of years back, I had to explain it to them since they didn’t know what it was!
So if you are thinking of something to homemade to give your friends, why not give this a try? Not only is it super tasty but you only need a handful of ingredients and can make it even if you have zero baking skills (like me!).
1 1/2 cup flour
100g butter, melted
1 cup sugar (I prefer to use brown sugar for this)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped dates
Preheat the oven to 150C.
Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Make sure that the butter is not too warm or it might precook the eggs.
Mix the ingredients well.
Get a baking tray and grease with more butter and line with greaseproof baking paper.
Pour the batter in. Use a spatula to even out the surface.
Bake for 35 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
Take out from the oven and cool completely.
Cut into bite-sized pieces and enjoy!
Note: This is a common goodie for a giveaway for Christmas! And it is super easy to make, it won’t take much of your time, too.