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Chocolate Chip Cake w/Dates (D/P)
Source: Penzey's Spice Catalogue
Yield: 9"x13" cake

1 cup finely chopped dates
1 tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1-3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda (yes, again, this is not a mistake)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup butter (or margarine)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
2 cups chocolate chips

Toss the dates with the baking soda in a medium sized bowl. Pour the boiling water over them and stir. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.

While the date mixture is cooling grease a 9"x13" pan and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Sift together the nutmeg, flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder; set aside.

Cream the butter or margarine and sugar with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla; blend well. Pour in the date mixture and blend. Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and top with the sugar, nuts and chocolate chips. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. This may be tricky because of the chocolate chips so you'll have to work around them when checking for doneness.

Posted by Judy Sennesh

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A