Saturday, January 05, 2008

Antique Cooking

John has been pestering me about using the dates I bought a while back (because he wants to eat the leftovers), so I finally got around to baking a date cake from a recipe hand-written by my great-grandmother. It turned up somewhere in the family, and copies were made for all the grandchildren. I don't know if my mom or sisters have tried it out yet, so I might be the first in years and years. But I am sharing it here now.

It was super easy to make (although chopping up gummy dates was a bit of a sticky mess) and tastes pretty good. John is the connoisseur of date cakes, since his grandmother makes one (although it is more like a fruitcake with dates in it), and he liked it, too.


Date Cake

Date Cake

1 cup of chopped dates
1 cup of boiling water
1 teaspoon of [baking] soda
1 Tablespoon of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
spick of salt
1/2 cup nut meats
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Sprinkle soda over dates; add boiling water, butter, and sugar. Beat until all is dissolved [I just stirred vigorously with a spoon]. Add beaten egg. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into mixture and stir. Add nuts and vanilla. Bake in loaf pan in moderate oven [350]. Black walnuts are best.
[I used a well-buttered and floured bundt pan and baked for 30 minutes.]

1 comment:

westexgirl said...

Ahhh... yet another story to validate this crazy hobby of mine. Did you notice that you said "hand-written by"? There is something about that "hand-written" thing that gets us. I believe it is in us all, or at least most of us. It is a link to our past, and for some reason we gravitate to that. There is something about knowing that a person who means something to you took the time to *write this down*. There is power in the hand-written word. I swear by it.

Of course, my descendents will have libraries of stuff, probably far more than they could ever want, but they will never be caught saying, "Wow, I wish great-great-grandma would have left more of herself behind." ;)