I have a few trusty cookbooks that I reference when I need inspiration for a meal or a refresher on a technique I’m utilizing in preparation of a meal, but I don’t often look up recipes to make on a whim. One thing cookbooks and recipes are essential for is baking, which is more precise and scientific than throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pan and hoping it comes out with a fair texture and good taste. So while my mom was visiting Austin a few weeks ago I decided to dig up the old recipe cards she’d gifted me and we’d bake something together.
The cards were transcribed from very old recipes belonging to my great grandmother on my mom’s side, my grandma Jo and her friends, and even a few from my Dad, who only cooked a few of his favorite foods – biscuits and brussels sprouts. So upon finding this recipe for Oven-Frosted Date Chocolate Chip Cake from a friend of my great grandmother, I knew we had to make it. And it’s delicious.
I decided we should make a double-layer cake out of the recipe, so after spooning the batter into the cake pans we covered one cake with a deligtful mix of chopped dates, brown sugar, chocolate chips and pecans. This crumble baked into the cake and made the perfect coffee-cake-style topping.
This cake was simple to make even though it required many ingredients. The pecans and dates complement each other’s rich flavors and the chocolate adds just enough depth and sweetness to take this cake from a brunch worthy snack to a decadent dessert.
I loved taking this leap with my Mom. It was a great way to share our family’s history, spend some time together and eat something delicious. Do you have any long-lost or favorite recipes passed down from previous generations?