Put all ingredients in a bowl together and beat thoroughly for 3 or 4 minutes. Bake in lined loaf pan 35 to 40 minutes. Do not attempt to add the ingredients separately, if you wish a satisfactory cake. Occasionally the housekeeper has a few raisins, or nuts or figs "left over" from other preparations. These she may combine and use instead of the dates, but do not change the proportion. That should be half a pound. If figs should be used, put them through the chopper. This mixture may be baked in gem pans and served hot, as a plum or fruit pudding, with hard or other sauce, to taste.
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