- 1 cup chopped dates
- 125 g melted butter
- 1 tsp bicarb
- 1 cup boiling water
- ¾ cup sugar (or less)
- 1 egg
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ½ cup chopped Pecan nuts (Keep an extra 12 to decorate)
Mix dates and butter in a large bowl and sprinkle with bicarb.
Pour the boiling water over this and stir.
In a separate mixing bowl, beat the sugar and the eggs.
Add the dry ingredients and mix well.
Finely add the date mixture and the nuts and stir again.
Pour into a greased pie dish.
Bake at 375 (180) for ½ hour
Brandy and orange syrup
Boil 1 ½ cups sugar and 1 ½ cups water together for 6 mins
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla essence; ¼ cup Brandy, 1/4 cup orange juice and 1 Tbsp butter.
Pour hot syrup over the hot cake and allow to cool.
Decorate with nuts and serve with whipped cream or Crème Anglaise.