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The weather was too cold last weekend to be out and about, so it was a good time to do some baking! I was burned out with baking after Christmas but now I have been in the mood again. Besides, if I am baking the oven is on and that makes my kitchen cozy warm! Pa Lloyd doesn’t often request a particular item for me to bake, but once in awhile he asks me to make date/nut bread. He told me that when he was in the Marines his mom would send him loaves of date bread. By the time it arrived to him there would be mold growing on it, so he would just cut it off and eat it anyway. It always tasted good to him! Well those days are over and when I bake his date bread it doesn’t last long enough for mold to grow! I always buy the dates already chopped. Today I am sharing my mom’s recipe for date/nut bread with you!
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon butter
1 cup chopped dates, pour 1 cup of boiling water over the dates, add 1 tsp. soda to this mixture, let cool 10 minutes or so.
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Cream sugar and butter. Mix in one egg, then add date mixture. Mix together, then add vanilla, flour and salt. Lastly add nuts. Mix well. Pour into a greased regular sized bread pan. Bake one hour at 350 degrees, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. I usually check after 50 minutes. Let cool eight minutes in pan, then turn out and cool on wire rack.
Have a great week!