Old Fashioned Date Pudding Recipe

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My mother-in-law always whipped up this old-fashioned dessert at Thanksgiving and Christmas. My husband and I enjoy the chewy dates and sweet thick syrup drizzled on top. It's impossible to resist a second helping.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:9-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 9-12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Whipped cream

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 228 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 142mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, bring 1 cup brown sugar and water to a boil. Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add butter; set aside. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and remaining brown sugar. Stir in milk until smooth. add dates and walnuts.
  2. Pour hot brown sugar syrup into an 8-in. square baking dish. Spoon batter over syrup. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of cake topping comes out clean. Serve warm with whipped cream. Yield: 9-12 servings.
Originally published as Date Pudding in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2001, p43

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