8 oz Dates; pitted, chopped 1 ts Baking soda
1 c ;boiling water 1 3/4 c Flour; unbleached, sifted
2 tb Cocoa; baking 1/2 ts Salt
1 c Shortening; vegetable 1 c Sugar
2 ea Eggs; large 6 oz Semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 c Walnuts; chopped
Combine dates, baking soda, and boiling water in a small bowl. Cool to
room terperature. Sift together the flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.
Cream the shortening and sugar together in a mixing bowl until light and
fluffy, using an electric mixer at medium speed. Add eggs, one at a time,
beating well after each addition. Blend in date mixture. Then stir in dry
ingredients. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake in
preheated 350 degree F. oven for 35 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool
in pan on rack. Cut into squares and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice
cream on top.