Walnut-Date Torte

60 mins (prep 30)
11 ingredients
makes 8 servings
Ingredients of Sephardic cooking—dates, cardamom, and orange zest—bring a mosaic of Mediterranean scents and textures to the Passover table. The cake has a coarse crumb yet is incredibly moist and chewy, thanks to the dates. A sprinkle of our Passover version of powdered sugar dresses up the torte for a special occasion.

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  • 1/4 cup boiling-hot water
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates (1/2 pound), finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts (5 ounces), toasted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup matzo meal
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, separated, at room temperature 30 minutes
  • accompaniment: unsweetened whipped cream
  • garnish: passover powdered sugar


Serving Size (94.72 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 453.06 Calories from Fat 267.3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29.7g 365.51%
Saturated Fat 2.9g 116.09%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 8.87mg 23.66%
Sodium 130.27mg 43.42%
Total Carbohydrate 43.46g 115.89%
Dietary Fiber 3.96 g 126.66%
Sugars 23.29 g %
Protein 8.73g 139.65%
Vitamin A 13.6IU% Vitamin C 0.62mg%
Calcium 51.06mg% Iron 2.16mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
pitted dates, grated orange zest, ground cardamom, large eggs, unsweetened whipped cream, accompaniment, garnish


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