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Amish Country Date Nut Pudding


  • 1 cup chopped dates (8oz, 227g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup boiling water (7.8oz, 222g)
  • 1 cup sugar (7oz, 198g)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted (.5oz, 14g)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (5oz, 142g)
  • ½ cup nuts, walnuts or pecans (2oz, 57g)
  • Pecan Praline Sauce (click for link)
  • Whipped Cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare an 8-inch square or 9-inch round baking pan by spraying with non-stick baking spray. Line the bottom with a fitted piece of parchment paper and spray paper.
  2. Put chopped dates into a mixing bowl. Add 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 cup boiling water. Stir occasionally and let set until cooled. The dates will turn into a chunky puree.
  3. When cool, add sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, and salt. Mix well to combine. Add the flour and mix to combine. Add the nuts and stir to combine.
  4. Pour into prepared baking pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  5. Let cool somewhat. Best eaten warm. Top with Pecan Praline Sauce and whipped cream.