- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 cups sifted flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shortening (we used half butter and half solid shortening)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 cup chopped dates (or raisins)
- 1 cup nuts
Instructions:Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan. In a large bowl combine sugar, flour, spices, and salt. Work in shortening as though for pie dough until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Remove and reserve 1 cup of crumbs for topping.
Add baking soda to buttermilk and stir into remaining mixture. Add dates and nuts while there are still a few dry lumps and continue stirring only until all is moistened.
Pour batter into pan, sprinkle with reserved crumbs, and bake in a 350 degrees F oven until top is browned and a toothpick comes out clean, about 50 minutes.