Sunday, January 18, 2009

Chocolate-Date Pudding Cake

Cook Time: 35 min
Level: Intermediate
Yield: 8 servings


* 6 ounces pitted dates, about 2 cups
* 3/4 cup water
* 1 1/4 cups sugar
* 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
* 6 large egg whites
* 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 1 1/2 quart souffle dish
with non-stick spray.

Put the dates and water in a pot over medium-low heat. Cook and stir
for 10 minutes until the dates are very soft. Transfer the softened
dates to a food processor and puree until smooth. Add the sugar and
vanilla, puree again until well-blended. Scoop out the puree into a
mixing bowl. Sift together the cocoa powder and flour and add to the
date mixture. Fold using a rubber spatula; combine gently until well

In a mixing bowl, whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
Fold the egg whites into the date mixture.

Pour the batter into the coated souffle dish, spreading it evenly with
a spatula. Bake on the middle rack for 25 minutes until the outside is
just set. Cool to room temperature. Shake some confectioners' sugar on
top and serve.


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