Well, I actually I have 1 pound of dates. Comforting and delicious this dish was almost as good as a night out with the man. Almost.
Date Pudding (1)
Recipe submitted by Mrs. Bertie Stalter, Elida, Ohio
1 pound dried dates, chopped
1 tsp soda
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp shortening
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup sugar
2/3 boiling water
Add soda at 1/2 pound dates; pour boiling water over mixture.
Beat eggs, add 1 cup sugar and melted shortening. Combine this mixture with hot dates.
Add flour, salt and baking powder that have been sifted together. Fold chopped nuts into mixture.
Pour in a greased baking dish and bake 40-45 minutes at 325 degrees.
To make dressing:
Add 1 cup sugar and boiling water to remaining 1/2 pound dates. Cook until sauce is thickened like syrup.
Pour over pudding while hot, just before serving.
This dish was very sweet. In a good way. Joel, Shawn, Abbey, and I all had a serving and everyone really liked it. I thought it would be a bit too sweet for Joel, but he said it was perfect with coffee. It went down rather quickly and for me, it was fairly addicting.
No direction was given on what the size of the baking pan should be, so I used a 9 inch pie pan. I think maybe an 8×13 inch pan would have been better, because I don’t think I could have poured all the syrup on top.
The route I took for the syrup was to keep it separate, heat it when needed, and let each person put on the amount they wanted. This worked well, except that the syrup got very thick as it was repeatedly heated. If you use this approach, make the syrup fairly runny by shortening the initial cooking time.
I think next time I will just pour all the syrup on from the start. It would look really pretty and the syrup would be evenly distributed.
Hmmm, I think I am going to have some right now, for no real reason except to taste the goodness.
As I randomly made date pudding at 1pm on a Friday afternoon, I suddenly stopped and wondered why I was okay with it. I mean, it was in the middle of the day, I had no real reason to make date pudding except that that’s what I wanted to do. What was going on?
Snow. Outside my kitchen window, it was snowing big, white, lazy flakes. My whole world seemed peaceful and still. I stopped for a minute, said a little thank you to God and then continued to beat the eggs.