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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mother's Date Nut Cake

Mother always bakes a Date Nut Cake for Christmas.  This is her and my daddy's favorite cake.  This recipe calls for 5 cups of chopped pecans and that's a lot of pecans.  We have arrived at their house a couple of times when Mother is taking this cake out of the oven.  It's always a treat to get a warm piece of cake right out of the oven.  We usually come home with a couple of slices of Date Nut Cake and we always warm a slice in the microwave before eating it.  Sweet memories!

                                                    Mother's Date Nut Cake

2 cups Martha White self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup grape juice
5 cups chopped pecans
2 - 8 oz. boxes chopped dates
1 Tbsp. vanilla flavoring
1 cup coconut

Sift 1/2 cup flour over pecans, dates, and coconut and then mix by hand.

Mix sugar, eggs, butter, grape juice, and vanilla flavoring with mixer.  Pour over first mixture and mix well with hands.  Pour into a large tube pan that has been sprayed with Pam Spray.

Bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hrs.

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