Amish Date Pudding Recipe and a Christmas Memory

by - Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Like I mentioned in my previous post, the Christmas season is yet not over for me as there are still parts of the world that celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January. For the first time ever, I would like to celebrate Christmas with those who observe the Gregorian calendar. Now that the crass holiday commercialism and materialism have subsided and everything has gotten back to normal, I hope to enjoy a quiet Christmas that is best celebrated in the heart.

Amish Date Pudding

1 cup chopped dates
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 and 1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp salt

 Caramel sauce 

1 cup brown sugar
300ml thickened cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
60g butter

Cream butter, sugar, and egg together. Put dates, soda, and boiling water together; let set until cool and mix everything together. Make caramel sauce. Alternately, you can use David Leibovitz amazing perfect camael recipe. Pour in greased 9x13 pan and caramel sauce over top. Bake 40 minutes at 375 degrees.

My favorite  Christmas short story by far is A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. I have read this literary gem a thousand times. This semi-autobiographical short story is both sweet and sad and just like fruitcake, it gets better with time.

I'm happy to find the Emmy award winning television version on You Tube. Watch and enjoy!


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  1. The only Capote book I've read is Breakfast at Tiffany's, which I read after having watched the movie, but the book was such a fresh and crisp read. I am really looking forward to watching this movie, thank you so much for the link and suggestion. ...and after reading part of the e-notes, I admire the coherence of this post! "It's fruitcake weather!" ^_^
    In the Eastern church, there's usually a fast for about a month before Christmas (depending on the lunar-based calendar), which means no dairy or meats.
    I am wondering about this recipe - is it the kind that can be set aside for some time in a tin, pre-made? I'd never heard of this dish before, and wonder if it has a history? And if the company was good, would their slice "get an extra cup of raisins", er dates? :)

  2. I don't exactly know if this baked product keeps well as it got completely demolished in less than 24 hours! I've read somewhere that this is a summer cake and is usually served in Amish weddings.

  3. So fascinating, thank you, Christy! I love recipes with dates - there are also many Indian (as in the country, India) recipes with dates. It's such an interesting fruit - and reminds me of caramel! I must try this recipe sometime soon! ;)


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