Category Archives: Desserts

i have a date!

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 boiling water

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

2 Tbsp shortening

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups flour

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

sour cream cookies

I picked these cookies because, really, they didn’t sound that good  but they did sound PA dutch. I do love sour cream but all the sour cream cookies I have ever had have been dry and iced. Not my thing. Anyway, these were such a wonderful surprise. Soft but still kinda chewy around the edges. Sweet but not ” hurt your teeth ” sweet.  And the sour cream gave them a rich tang.With the sugar cinnamon topping they kinda reminded me of snicker doodle cookies. But they were better. It probably didn’t hurt that we were eating them straight out of the oven……..

Sour Cream Cookies

submitted by Mrs O. Weaver, Canton, Kan and Mrs Mabel Lytle, Smithville, Ohio

1/2 cup shortening

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

4 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp soda

1 cup sour cream

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup sugar sugar cinnamon mixture

Cream shortening and sugar together.

Add vanilla.

Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

Shift flour. Add salt and soda. Sift again.

Add shifted dry ingredients alternately with sour cream. Mix thourghly.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet, spaced 2-3 inches apart.

Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture.

Bake at 375 for about 12 minutes. Makes 5 dozen cookies.


The cookies look under baked when you pull them out, but they aren’t. I think over baking they would loose that slight chewiness. With me using a cookie scooper, my batch yielded about 4 dozen.

So. Loved these cookies. Thought is was funny how the recipe called for sugar cinnamon mixture. No direction what so ever on the sugar cinnamon ratio. And everyone knows its cinnamon sugar not sugar cinnamon… right? Guess not in Pa Dutch county in 1950.