Steamed Date Pudding
|Butter/Margarine||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (At Room Temperature)|
|Lightly packed light brown sugar||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Unsweetened cocoa powder||2 Tablespoon|
|Baking soda||1 Teaspoon|
|Flour||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)|
|Water||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Semi sweet chocolate pieces||6 Ounce (1 Package Or 1 Cup)|
|Finely chopped pitted dates||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Chopped walnuts||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Orange peel||1 Teaspoon|
Grease and flour a 1-1/2 quart mold; set aside.
In a large mixer bowl, cream butter or margarine and brown sugar.
Beat in eggs, then cocoa and baking soda.
Add flour alternately with water, beating after each addition.
With a spoon, stir in chocolate pieces, dates, walnuts and orange peel.
Pour into prepared mold.
Cover with aluminum foil and press overhanging foil edges against outside of mold.
Loop a large rubber band over foil and around top of mold to seal, or tie foil securely with string.
Place mold on a rack in a large kettle.
Pour enough boiling water in kettle to reach halfway up the mold.
Simmer about 2 hours or until skewer inserted in pudding comes out clean.
Remove mold from kettle.
Let stand 15 minutes.
Loosen edges with a knife and invert on a serving platter.