dates and nuts recipe

Moroccan Date Cake

Moroccan Date Cake

Moroccan Date Cake

I have liked dates for as long as I can remember. They are truly nature’s candy. In this simple cake recipe I used both dates and nuts to add richness.  The hardest part of this dish was cutting up the fresh dates. They are pretty sticky. I used kitchen scissors, dipped in oil, to snip up the dates and that worked pretty well. I suppose you could add frosting or a glaze but I prefer this cake unadorned.

Moroccan Date Cake

1/2 c. butter

1/2 c. sugar

4 eggs

1 t. baking powder

1 c. flour

1 t. cinnamon

1 t. nutmeg

1/2 t. ground cloves

1/2 c. milk

1 t. vanilla

1 c. pitted, chopped dates

1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Cream together butter and sugar and beat in the eggs. Combine dry ingredients and beat into the egg mixture. Beat in milk and vanilla. Stir in nuts and dates and pour batter into a greased 9-inch cake pan. Bake in a preheated 325-degree oven for about 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serves 8-10.

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