Monday, November 26, 2012

Date and Nut Bread

My tray is set with a red napkin,  my old Target dishes and a iron votive holder from my sweet Mom.  I'm having a cup of French vanilla tea....mmmmm!

This quick bread is a family favorite and one I've been making since high school.  If I'm not mistaken, the recipe came from the back of the Dromedary date box.  It's the perfect sweet for breakfast or tea.  If you love dates, I hope you give it a try.

3/4 cup chopped nuts
1 cup chopped dates (don't buy the pre-chopped dates)
1 and 1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/4 cup shortening (or butter)
3/4 cup boiling water
2 eggs
1/2 t. vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 cups sifted flour

Combine nuts, dates. soda and salt in a mixing bowl.  Add the shortening and boiling water.  Allow this mixture to stand for 15 minutes.  Stir to blend.

Beat the eggs slightly, add vanilla.  Stir in the sugar and flour.  Add this to the date mixture.  Do not over mix.

Place in a greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.  Bake for 1 hour in a 350 degree oven.  Cool before removing.

NOTE:  I made 4 mini bundt + 1 mini loaf pan and baked  the bundts for about 25 minutes and the mini loaf for about 35 minutes.
These are perfect to wrap and freeze and have on hand for quick gifts!!

I am sharing this with:

Mix It Up Monday                                                                                                                                
Tea Time Tuesday                                                                                                               


  1. Your little date bread is so beautiful and I'll bet it tastes good too, Kitty! My grandmother, then my aunt used to make a fabulous date pudding. It's unlike any other I've ever read about; it's an actual pudding, not a cake. It's super rich and fabulously delicious. I do enjoy dates. Have a wonderful week, my friend.

  2. Oh Kitty, your little date bread looks scrumptious; love anything with dates in it! Such a sweet little nosh with a cup of tea! Thanks for sharing the recipe and coming by for tea with me. Have a beautiful week, my friend.


  3. Hello Kitty
    I grew up with a date and nut loaf often served for dessert. Your recipe looks similar but I haven't made this for a few years. I like the idea of making it in the mini bundt pans which I have. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  4. Your cake sounds good Kitty! I love those individual bundt pans, been eyeing one for a while now... Have a great week:@)

  5. I love dates! Will be giving this a try soon. Love your sweet mom's votive :-)

    P.S. I started doing breakfast (oatmeal) in bed after reading your recent post.

  6. I love, love date nut bread...and fresh dates! I've not been able to find my old stand-by recipe so I really appreciate your sharing this. I also adore candles! Your tray looks very festive ~


  7. Me again! How much shortening? I didn't see it listed.


  8. Wonderful recipe Kitty. You are an amazing baker. Lover your recipes.
    Barbara, from www.twobirdiesnadab.blogspot sent me an email, saying you couldn't see her post. I looked at it in every browser I could use, and I see it fine. What browser are you using?

  9. OH YUM! Date Nut Bread takes me back to my childhood. My aunt was the only one who ever made it and I could never get enough of it. Would love to share some along with your yummy tea. =)

  10. Love that you made Baby Bundts with this recipe! YUM! My mother made date nut bread every Christmas. Memories!!!! Happy Tea Day!

  11. Hi Kitty,
    I have to give them a try. I had never something like that. Sounds yummy because I love dates. Thank you for sharing the recipe. And for your visit and the kind comment about my Tartan tea.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  12. Your date bread looks delicious and your setting so festive! I'll have to give it a try!
    Have a wonderful week!
    sandy :)

  13. This looks wonderful. As a little girl my stepgrandmother sent dates to us at Christmas. It was a very special treat! She split them open and put peanut butter inside and rolled them in powdered sugar. I still do it because of her! Your bread recipe looks wonderful so I must try it! Thanks for linking!

  14. Seems like my mother might have made this, and it was very good. I am saving this -- I think it looks like it would be great on a cold morning.

  15. I just love your sweet table vignettes show casing your delicious treats and baked goods. My mother and my aunt loved date nut bread. I remember the name Dromedary too. They liked it with a little cream cheese. Your post brought back a happy memory for me. xo

  16. Cute dishes! I used to eat dates when I was little and haven't had one in a very long time. I must must go get some! xo marlis

  17. Mmmm... sounds delicious! Cute dishes, too.

  18. Looks delicious, Kitty...wish I had had this recipe a few weeks ago when I bought a container of Medjool's from Costco! I hadn't thought of doing mini bundt ones...cute.

  19. Kitty~ I have some of those individual bundt pans I got on sale and haven't used. This cake sounds delicious and the perfect excuse to pull my pans out!

  20. That looks good, Kitty. I make dnb every Cmas to give away. We eat our with cream cheese.
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  21. Hi Kitty,
    I just love Date Nut Bread, this looks so inviting, wish I could just sit right down with you and enjoy this lovely table and special treats. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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