Chocolate Chip Torte

1 cup chopped dates
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp soda
Cook dates in water intil like butter.  Add soda while batter is hot- mix fast

1 3/4 cups flour
2 tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Mix these ingreadients together in a mixer and then add the date mixture to it.

Pour into a 9x12 baking dish
Cover with chopped peocans and chocolate chips

Bake at 350 degrees for 35minutes