Thursday, May 29, 2008

No-Frost Chocolate-Chip Cake

1 cup dates chopped
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup +3 tablespoons hot water
1 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening (or 2 sticks margarine)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking cocoa
1 cup miniature chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Place chopped dates in a small bowl. Sprinkle baking soda over them and pour hot water over top. Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Stir in dates. Add flour, salt, and cocoa; beat well. Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and turn batter into a greased and floured 9x13" pan. Sprinkle 1/2 cup chocolate chips and chopped nuts over the top of the cake. Bake 40 minutes at 350°. Set pan on a wire rack to cool.

A recipe from my sister, Charlotte

Another great Easy Recipe

Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)