Another awesome South African dessert! Of course it adds no inches to the waistline....It's very easy to make and so delicious. We like it with custard and whipped cream, but I think next time we will try a scoop of cinnamon (or vanilla) ice cream!
8 oz pkg chopped dates, divide in half
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup pecans or walnuts chopped (optional)
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup brandy
Bring water and 1/2 of the dates to a boil in small saucepan, remove from heat, stir in baking soda- set aside.
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time,
add flour, baking powder, and salt, mix well.
stir in date mixture, add other half of dates and nuts if using.
Pour into 8 x 11 greased baking pan
Bake at 350 for 40 Minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Meanwhile prepare syrup:
Boil sugar, butter, water approx. 5 min. Remove from heat and add vanilla, salt and brandy.
Remove baking pan from oven; immediately carefully pour hot syrup over all.
Serve warm with fresh whipped cream, Ice cream or Custard. MMMMMM