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Cook dates, butter, sugar, and soda in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Cool. Add well beaten egg and self raising flour, mix well.
Grease or line with baking paper a long narrow tin. Bake in moderate oven for around 3/4 hour (need to check on).
Remove from tin. When cool, slice and spread slices with butter to serve.
Source: From very old Golden Wattle Cookery book.
By Lorraine from Perth, Western Australia
By Jenny from Springboro, OH