- 1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
- 3 Tbs. brandy or Grand Marnier
- 1 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and coarsely
- 1 1⁄2 tsp. baking soda
- 1⁄4 tsp. salt
- 3 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
to room temperature
- 3⁄4 cup warm water
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
In a small bowl, soak the dates in 1 Tbs. of the brandy for about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, using a large rubber spatula, stir together the dates, walnuts, baking soda, salt, melted butter and water until combined. Mix in the sugar and eggs, then the flour. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the cake is puffed and browned, and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool completely.
Run a table knife around the edge of the pan and turn the cake out onto a serving plate. Turn it right side up. Spoon the remaining 2 Tbs. brandy, a little at a time, over the cake so that the cake absorbs all of it. Serves 8 to 10.
Note: This sturdy cake is ideal for shipping as a gift. The brandy not only adds flavor but also helps preserve the cake.
Serving Tip: Serve with afternoon coffee or tea or as a simple dessert.