Saturday, April 15, 2017

Date Pecan Brunch Cake


Are you ready for Easter?  It's a gorgeous weekend here and I hope you are having the same.

Here is a very simple and unique date nut cake that you can whip together in no time at all.  This cake makes a wonderful brunch cake or coffee/tea cake.  It doesn't need any embellishments whatsoever. 


You could dust it with powdered sugar but I chose not to so you could see the meringue-like topping to this cake.  The texture of this cake is so interesting and delicious! The recipe was found in one of my oldest cookbooks.  It's called, American Cooks by the General Federation of Women's Clubs and was recommended to me by a chef who married my college roommate.  I would venture to say that it's still one of the most valuable cookbooks in my collection!


You still have time to make this for brunch tomorrow!

I also have some flower ideas for your Easter buffet or table.  Take a shallow dish and put some water in it.  Add any flowers you like, trimming the stems as necessary, and cover with a pretty bowl or upside down vase. 


Use pretty wine glasses to display blooms.  Here is a glass I saved from my mother's home that brings back wonderful memories of her. 


Another favorite is to use egg cups as vases.  Easy to find at World Market, Bed Bath and Beyond or Target.  They make charming little floral displays.   


If you have some early spring blooms in your yard, this is a great way to use them!


Whatever your plans for tomorrow, I hope you have a wonderful day!

Date and Pecan Brunch Cake

Printable Recipe

1 cup presifted flour (I used AP flour)
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
16-24 ounces dates, pitted and chopped (I used 16 ounces)
4 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper or waxed paper.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Stir in the pecans and dates.

In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks and vanilla until light yellow.

In large mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold egg yolk mixture into egg whites. Fold in the flour mixture and pour out into the prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove onto a wire rack to cool completely. (Place wire rack upside down over pan and tip both over to remove cake).

Cut into squares and serve.

36 comments:

  1. Those spring flowers are so beautiful, but the cake looks the best, Susan.
    Happy Easter!

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  2. The Date and Pecan brunch cake sounds delightful...oven off, though, as it is much too warm for baking. Never thought I'd say that again after the long winter. The posies are such a pretty idea. Makes me wish I had some flowers to work with.

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    1. Unseasonably warm here also, Vee. 80F for April 15? Happy Easter, Vee!

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  3. Happy Easter to my dear friend.
    Everything looks..sublime.
    I don't even have a scilla up..a hint of one..that's it..but loads done this w/ e..and today..
    I feel old LOL..temporarily.I promise..

    That real first spring clean up is a real exercise in reactivating things that did not move all winter.

    Easter..is just about ready here..rain in the forecast..but cheer will be indoors♥
    I knew your Tuscan R's would be ..stupendous♥

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    1. You will catch up very quickly, I know! I know that feeling - SO true! Three weeks ago we cleaned out the large front garden bed and I my neck was sore for two weeks afterward :( You will have a fun day tomorrow, I know! Have a wonderful Easter, Monique ♥

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    2. I love the way the squirrels have dug up and buried the scilla into the woods and everywhere else :)

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  4. I would love the date cake! I am smitten with dates :-) I'm glad you found the Rananculus! Happy Easter to you and your family Susan.

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    1. I adore dates too, Debbie, and I loved the combination with the pecans in this recipe - and the meringue-like way the crust formed on top. The ranunculus have been VERY happy outdoors - even with chilly nights. Happy Easter, Dear Debbie! I'm sure Xavier will have a blast ♥

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  5. This cake look delicious Susan and love all yours flowers, look lovely, hugs and Happy Easter!!

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    1. Thank you, Gloria! Happy Easter to you and your family xo

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  6. This looks amazing!! I have a bag of dates that I have been meaning to use, and this looks like the perfect way to use them!!

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  7. This is a perfect recipe for dates, it looks delicious, Susan! Dreary morning here and will be starting on Easter dinner before long. Pretty flowers! Happy Easter!

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  8. lovely pics Susan, your flowers are really adorable. I adore dates and this recipe make me watering...A warm hug and happy Ester from Trieste

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  9. Hi Susan I saw both the flowers and the date pecan cake on IG, both spectacular, love your style. Happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks so much, Cheri. Hope you had a wonderful Easter! I spent mine with a cold :(

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  10. I love both the brunch cake and the gorgeous flowers!! Hope you had a great day :)

    Sues

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    1. Thanks, Sues! I was nursing a cold but I hope your Easter was good!

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  11. That cake does indeed look inviting. I didn't see it until after EAster, but with my newfound love of dates, following a visit to a date farm in California, this recipe is sure to soon make its way to my oven.

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    1. I remember that you bought dates near Palm Springs :) I wish I had bought some when we were there too.

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  12. Nice that you have date and pecan in this cake...somehow I have never used date for baking...thanks for the recipe Susan.
    Have a wonderful week ahead :)

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    1. I love baking with dates, Juliana! You must try it :)

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  13. What a wonderful cake! We love dates and nuts and I often think about making more treats with both those ingredients. Your garden flowers are beautiful and so are your creative ways to show them off! Hope you had a blessed Easter - with perfect weather of course!

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    1. Thank you, Tricia! I had a cold over Easter :( Starting to feel a little better though :)

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  14. Dates were one of those fruits I didn't discover until adulthood. Now I'm trying to make up for lost time. This cake sounds fabulous and is ALMOST as pretty as your garden! Hope you had a happy Easter, Susan! And that you are feeling better!

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    1. Thank you, Abbe! Easter was quiet but we'll be making up for it this weekend with our grandsons staying overnight :)

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  15. I've been out of town but hope you had a wonderful Easter Susan. This cake sounds wonderful. I love old cookbooks like that, they seem to be full of treasures like this!

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    1. I saw that you had visiting your sister :) Thanks so much, Chris!

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  16. Really like that meringue topping...thinking I've made something with that, just can't bring it to mind. I remember loving the sweet crunchiness of it on a bar.

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    1. The way the bars baked up like that was such a pleasant surprise! Thanks so much, Barbara.

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  17. Oh my goodness, Susan, I must make this date cake soon. I adore anything with dates in it. Thank you for sharing the recipe and for your pretty flower ideas, too.

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    1. I loved it! Unfortunately, my husband does not share my love of dates. That means more for me :)

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  18. This cake looks wonderful. Dates and pecan work beautifully together.
    Amalia
    xo

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