1/4 cup plus 2 Tbls. butter or margarine, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. baking soda 1 cup persimmon pulp 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp. ground cloves 1 cup chopped pecans 1 cup chopped dates
Cream butter or margarine and gradually beat in sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Combine soda and persimmon pulp and let stand until soda is dissolved. Add to creamed mixture. Blend well. Combine the next 6 ingredients and gradually add to batter Beat well and stir in the dates and nuts. Pour into a lightly greased 9x5x3 loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Test with a toothpick . Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove loaf and place on a rack to finish cooling. Makes 1 loaf.
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