This has been a favorite of my husband’s since I can long remember. His mother always manages to bake him one every year (she’s 75) for Christmas……though she claims it’s always his last.

English Walnut Date Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2 pounds English walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites

Instructions

    1 Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan.

    2 In a large bowl, combine dates, walnuts, sugar, baking powder and flour. Stir in egg yolks. In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the whites into the fruit/nut mixture until no streaks remain. Spoon into prepared pan.

    3 Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.


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