This recipe is a family treasure. My granddad was an amazing baker but, in the seventies and eighties, men in New Zealand that baked were viewed as a bit odd (to be polite). I think Granddad felt that he would be named and shamed if he was ever found out, so he had a rule: if anyone asked,
Place the dates, margarine, bicarbonate of soda and boiling water in a large metal bowl. Set aside for an hour to let the dates soften.
Serve with lashings of butter.
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