Work Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
1 cup chopped pitted dates
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
10 tablespoons margarine or butter (1 1/4 sticks), softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup heavy or whipping cream
whipped cream (optional)
1. Grease 13″ by 9″ broiler-safe baking pan. In medium bowl, combine dates, baking soda, and 1 1/2 cups boiling water; let stand 15 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat sugar and 6 tablespoons margarine or butter until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until blended. At low speed, beat in flour and baking powder. Add date mixture and beat until combined (batter will be very thin). Pour batter into baking pan. Bake 30 minutes or until golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
3. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, heavy cream, and remaining 4 tablespoons margarine or butter to boiling over medium heat; boil 1 minute. Set aside.
4. Turn oven control to broil. Spread brown-sugar mixture evenly over top of hot dessert. Place pan in broiler at closest position to source of heat; broil until bubbly, about 30 seconds. Cool in pan on wire rack 15 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream if you like. SHARE With Your Friends: