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!
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
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!!
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