Whenever Christmastime rolls around I always think back to my childhood when I would go to Christmas mass with my friends and their families and join them for Noche Buena afterwards. My parents were not religious and didn’t care for the holidays so I was always allowed to join my friends in their festivities.
The one thing I remember well is Tita Ipa’s Food for the Gods, a dense and moist cake made out of dates and nuts. They were truly rich and decadent. She always sold them during this time of the year so I bought some and sometimes Mia would just give me some for free. Their house always smelled of butter, sugar and yummy things. When Tita Ipa passed away Mia took over the Christmas business and stayed true to the original recipes.
Well today I felt a little nostalgic and decided that I was going to make my own since I had a box of dates and jars of nuts lying around. I also have a constant sugar craving but promised myself that I’m only allowed to indulge in cakes or cookies if I baked them myself.
I would say that they turned out well. Chewy, buttery and so flavorful. Different from Tita Ipa’s but still good, I think!
When I Googled “Food for the Gods” I noticed that only Filipino websites popped up. I suppose this is a Filipino thing then. Or at least the name is.
- Preheat oven to 350F, grease baking pan.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Mix butter with sugar (white and brown) while until well combined.
- Add egg and stir.
- Add the flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture.
- Put in dates and nuts then mix until well distributed.
- Put in pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool.