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Date and Walnut Cake

Ingredients 

FOR THE CAKE:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cups raisins
  • 3/4 cup dates (pitted and chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

FOR THE TOPPING:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions 

MAKE THE CAKE:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.
  • In a saucepan, combine water and raisins. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chopped dates and baking soda. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together ½ cup butter and ¾ cup white sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour, salt and date mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove cake from oven, and set oven to low broil.

MAKE THE TOPPING:

  • In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Stir in brown sugar, cream and chopped nuts. Whisk together until well mixed.
  • Spread mixture over warm cake and place under broiler until lightly browned, about 1-3 minutes. Watch it closely! It can burn easily under the broiler.
  • Allow the cake to cool.
  • Serve with whipped cream.

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