This recipe came from Megan Berge, a pastry chef who worked at the Dalvay-by-the-Sea Resort in Prince Edward Island.
2 1/2 cups dates
2 3/4 cups water
2 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp ground ginger
Place dates and water in a pot and boil until softened. Add the baking soda to the date mixture. Set aside for 15-20 minutes.
Cream the butter and sugar together, add eggs one at a time.
Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the butter mixture. Add the dates to the batter and mix till combined.
Pour into parchment-lined 9″ x 13″ pan, place pan in a water bath and bake at 350 F for 75-90 minutes.
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
Mix all together, bring to boil, reduce to simmer.
Simmer for 5 minutes until sugar breaks down.
Serve warm with French vanilla ice cream.