Last night we had friends over for dinner. We had feijoada and the works and my grandmother's date pudding for dessert. Recently I discovered that I had forgotten about the Costco-sized carton of dates I bought a while ago, and a bag of black beans I had been saving for a special occasion. With 7 weeks left in this house, now is the time to use up all those hoarded "special occasion" foods.
When I discovered the dates in the pantry cupboard, I emailed my mom for recipes, and she sent me a scan of my grandmother's carefully handwritten recipe card. I ended up typing it out to make note of a few changes and clarifications, so why not post it here?
|(This 9x13 pan was too big. I would definitely suggest a smaller size.)|
Put in baking pan (around 8 or 9 inches square):
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 ½ cups hot water
- Butter (about 3 tablespoons) cut into small chunks
In a bowl, mix:
- 1 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Bake 45 minutes-1 hour, until the pudding is set (shake it a bit, and make sure it doesn’t jiggle).
Here's the original recipe. Note that the amount of sugar has been reduced (by my mom). I reduced it again. It's still very sweet.
In case you are interested, here's pictures of last night's dinner:
|With Kyoko and Tsubasa|
|Feijoada, farofa, Brazilian rice, vinaigrette, greens with garlic|