GERDA’S AMERICAN DATE CAKE

On November 21, 2013 by Tina Diep

date cakeWhen I was growing up in Denmark, I didn’t have much extended family nearby. As a result, I considered my parents’ Danish friends as family.  One example is Gerda and Herluf, my unofficial grandparents, and two of the most kind and genuine people I know. Our family has always been welcomed to their annual Christmas party, which includes their whole family – children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. It’s a great Danish party, with a great family that lives life to the fullest.

The following is Gerda’s American Date Cake, which she made for one of the Christmas parties before passing the recipe on to me. I found it hidden among my pile of recipes and finally made it.

Gerda's American date cake
Serves 10
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359 calories
69 g
45 g
7 g
7 g
2 g
140 g
372 g
41 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
140g
Servings
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 45mg
15%
Sodium 372mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates 69g
23%
Dietary Fiber 4g
15%
Sugars 41g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
10%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 10 oz. (300 grams) dates, stones removed and divide in quarters
  2. • 1.75 oz. (50 grams) almonds (skin removed), roughly chopped
  3. • 7 oz. (200 grams) sugar
  4. • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract/vanilla sugar
  5. • 1.25 oz. (35 grams) butter
  6. • 1 ¼ cups (300 ml) boiling hot water
  7. • 2 eggs
  8. • 7 oz. (200 grams) whole-wheat flour
  9. • 7 oz. (200 grams) all-purpose-flour
  10. • 2 teaspoons baking soda
TOOLS
  1. • 1 ½ quarts (1 ½ liter) bread pan
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 3500F (1750C) on convection bake.
  2. 2. In a big bowl, mix dates, almonds, sugar, vanilla extract and butter, and pour boiling water over the mixture. Let stand until it has cooled off.
  3. 3. Whip eggs lightly and stir into the mix.
  4. Stir in flour and baking soda.
  5. 4. Grease a bread/cake pan and pour in the cake mix.
  6. 5. Bake in the oven for about 1 hour.
  7. 6. Serve a slice of date cake preferably with a bit of butter.
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calories
359
fat
7g
protein
7g
carbs
69g
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