Combine dates and water in a small saucepan. Bring water to a boil; simmer 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in honey, lemon juice, cinnamon and nuts. Remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 400°F Butter a round 8 1/2 inch cake pan; sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
In a large bowl, combine semolina, farina or Cream of Wheat; flour; baking powder and sugar. Sprinkle vanilla over mixture. Stir in butter. Spoon half of the mixture into buttered cake pan; press over bottom and up side of pan. Spoon date mixture evenly over top. Sprinkle remaining flour mixture over date mixture.
Bake in center of oven 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool, then slice. Makes 6 to 8 servings.