Date Nut Cake Roll

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup pitted whole dates, snipped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar

Instructions

  1. Cake: Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour a 15 x 10-inch jellyroll pan.
  2. In small saucepan combine dates, water, the 1/4 cup sugar and the 1/8 teaspoon salt. Bring to boiling. Cook and stir over low heat until thick, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.
  3. In mixing bowl beat eggs at high speed for 5 minutes. Gradually beat in the 1/2 cup sugar. Fold in cooled date mixture.
  4. Stir together flour, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and allspice. Fold into egg mixture. Spread in prepared jellyroll pan. Top with nuts.
  5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  6. Turn out onto towel sprinkled with a little confectioners' sugar. Starting at narrow end, roll up cake and towel together. Cool. Unroll and spread with cream cheese filling. Re-roll and chill.
  7. Cream Cheese Filling: Beat together all ingredients.


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