Monday, January 23, 2012

Date Cake

My love of dates has been as long as I can remember. They were my "candy" as a young diabetic, of course that was only 2 per serving, but I loved them sooo much! Now I eat dates all the time! I like to use them in my whole wheat bread as the sweetener. I enjoy them in my granola and I love this recipe for a delious breakfast type bread or cake if you will. To me this cake is moist like a fruitcake and would be great with dried cherries too. Give this a try and you will be glad you did! This is What's Cookin this 2012 morning on Beaty's Creek!


4 large eggs-separated
1 pound dates-chopped
2 cups pecans-chopped
1 cup ap flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 T baking powder-I use a aluminum free
1 t sea salt
1 t vanilla

Position a rack in the lowest rack in your oven and preheat to 325'. Generously coat an angel food cake pan with butter. Line the bottom with a donut-shaped piece of parchment paper. This makes for the easiest removal of your cake. You will wonder why you have not done this before!

In one bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff. Set aside.

In a separate, very large mixing bowl, stir together the dates, pecans, flour, sugar, and baking powder. Mix together egg yolks, salt, and vanilla in a small bowl and mix until thick. Fold into the date-flour mixture. Now fold in your egg whites and mix until no more white streaks show up as you mix. It will be VERY THICK. Now place into your prepared angel food pan

Bake for about 70 minutes, or until browned and a tester comes out clean. Cover with lose foil after 1 hour to keep cake from getting too dark. Cool completely in the pan. Once cool, loosen with knife and romove from pan.

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