Friday, December 12, 2008

CHOCOLATE CHIP DATE CAKE

This recipe is from an old church cookbook.

1 cup chopped dates
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/4 cups + 3 tbsps all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place dates and 1 teaspoon baking soda in a mixing bowl. Pour boiling water over the dates. Set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Beat eggs into the creamy sugar mixture. Add date mixture to the sugar mixture and mix well. Sift together the flour, salt, and 1/3 teaspoon baking soda. Add to the other ingredients and mix well. Pour into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with the topping recipe below.

TOPPING:

1 pkg (6-oz) chocolate chips
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Mix all ingredients together and sprinkle over the cake before baking. Bake in 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

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