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    Date Cake

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    1 hrs 30 mins

    30 mins

    1 hrs

    Emmame's Note:

    This recipe was my grandmother's and the smell of this cake baking is the smell of Christmas to our family! It is a very dense, heavy cake, almost more like a bread, and loaded with dates, cherries and nuts. We usually use home-grown black walnuts in ours! Do not be intimidated by the number of steps it takes to make this cake-it actually goes together very quickly and is well worth the trouble.

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    Serves: 12



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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. 2
      Sift flour and baking powder together.
    3. 3
      In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar.
    4. 4
      Put dates in a large mixing bowl and stir baking soda into them.
    5. 5
      Pour 2 cups boiling water over dates.
    6. 6
      Add butter and sugar mixture and stir well.
    7. 7
      Add egg yolks and stir.
    8. 8
      Coat nuts with some of the flour and then add them to the mixture.
    9. 9
      Add the flour and spices and mix well.
    10. 10
      Last add the egg whites and stir. (Note: you do not have to beat the egg whites to a stiff peak before adding; just beat them until blended).
    11. 11
      Bake in a greased loaf or tube pan (angel food pan) for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. If you use a standard loaf pan, this will make two loaves.

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    Nutritional Facts for Date Cake

    Serving Size: 1 (141 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 581.6
    Calories from Fat 187
    Total Fat 20.8 g
    Saturated Fat 6.8 g
    Cholesterol 55.5 mg
    Sodium 408.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 93.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.7 g
    Sugars 53.3 g
    Protein 10.1 g

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