This recipe makes a big pan perfect for holiday entertaining. Guests always comment on this cake's wonderful old-fashioned flavor. —Shelly Korell, Bayard, Nebraska
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup chopped dates
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- In a bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; set aside 1 cup for topping. To the remaining crumb mixture, add eggs, buttermilk, baking powder and baking soda; beat until smooth. Fold in dates and walnuts.
- Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Date Crumb Cake in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p160
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