Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
This recipe is easy-peasy to make vegan by subbing margarine or oil for the butter and leaving off the whipped cream. "This recipe is quite old, and is traditionally a Christmas dessert. I have taken it to several LLL meetings and always get requests for the recipe." - Janice Trevail of Catskill, NY. This recipe was published in the La Leche League International cookbook, Whole Foods for the Whole Family.
- 1 cup coarsely chopped dates
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1⁄3-1⁄2 cup sugar or 1⁄3-1⁄2 cup honey
- 1 1⁄4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine or 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups whipped cream, to garnish,if desired
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease and flour a 8" or 9" square pan.
- In a large bowl, combine dates, walnuts and other dry ingredients.
- In a small bowl, mix water, butter and vanilla.
- Add water mixture to date mixture and mix until just moistened.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and cake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Serve warm or cold; plain or topped with whipped cream.
This turned out great and disappeared quickly! Very moist even with the ww flour and less oil. I added some cinnamon and nutmeg and subbed apricots and figs for the dates since I didn't have any on hand. I will be making this again!
very good,the healthiest cake I have come across..I used 1/3 cup of sugar, and used margarine isntead of butter.But it turned out soo good,very cake like(despite using whole wheat flour), more like a fruit cake sans all the fat calories..I would love to try out different dry fruits like apricots, prunes,raisins,black currants,etc..
Wow--this is amazing!! It's like the cake part of sticky toffee pudding; moist and sweet and delicious! I made a half cake and baked it in an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan. And I used honey (1/4 cup), whole wheat pastry flour, and light olive oil. We ate it without the whipped cream and it was great! Next time I might try it with some low-fat Reddi-wip just to see how it tastes that way. I love that this is an old recipe--someone really knew how to bake! Thanks so much for posting it Roosie!!