1 c Boiling water
1 c Dates; chopped
1 ts Baking soda
1/2 c Butter
1 c Sugar, granulated
1 ts Vanilla
1 1/2 c Flour, all purpose
1 ts Baking powder
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 c Brown sugar; packed
1/4 c Light cream
3/4 c Coconut; shredded; half nuts-if desired
Pour water over dates and soda; let stand until lukewarm.
In bowl, cream butter with sugar; beat in egg and vanilla. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with date mixture.
Spread in a greased and floured 9 inch square cake pan. Bake in 350F oven for 40 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
In a small heavy saucepan, combine butter, packed brown sugar, light cream and coconut (half nuts if desired).
Bring to a boil, stirring; boil gently for 1 minute.
Spread over warm baked cake; broil until bubbly and lightly browned, watching carefully.
Recipe source: The Forties chapter, A Century of Canadian Home Cooking