The unvoiced thoughts and ideas of a septegenarian.


on June 17, 2012


In keeping with my decision to make this my “chef’s hat” week, here is another recipe you might enjoy.

I have a nephew who is moving toSouth Africaand am beginning to plan a send-off dinner for his family.  My grandson, who knows of my penchant for holding themed dinners, asked if I was going to serve African food.  “Why not?”  I replied.  I then went on a hunt for appropriate recipes and found this one.  I mentioned it to someone with whom I correspond inAfricaand he confirmed that it was – indeed – more than  yummy – he called it ‘swoony.’. Add a chicken and some fruited couscous and you’d have an African meal to be proud of.


  1. Cut 1/2 lb dates into small pieces.  Add 1 t. baking soda and 1 C boiling water to half of the dates. Stir and let cool. (I don’t like dates and would substitute dried apricots or raisins.)
  2. Beat ½ C  butter and 1 C sugar until creamy and then add 2 beaten eggs. Mix well.
  3. sift together 2 C flour, 1 t. baking powder, 1/2 t. salt and fold into mixture.
  4. Add the rest of the dry dates and 1 C chopped pecans and baking soda mixture: mix well
  5. Pour into a large baking dish or two 9” pie dish
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degree
  7. Pour hot syrup over the tart when it comes out of the oven. Serve with whipped cream.


Boil  1 ¼ C sugar, 1 T butter and ¾ C water for five minutes while stirring. Remove from heat and stir in 1 t. vanilla, pinch of salt and 1/2 C brandy.

Send me your rating of this desert if you’re brave enough to make it in spite of  all dire warnings about sugar and cholesterol.

Julie Rose



One response to “SWEET TOOTH

  1. janet says:

    Sounds great, Julie. I can’t wait to try it, but please don’t make it with raisins. If it’s ‘swoony’ with dates, then why not try the dates? I think that would be terrific. By the way, Kenya isn’t in South Africa, but Eastern Africa, just south of Somalia. (I needed a map, too)

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