Monday, November 4, 2019

Pumpkin Date and Nut Bread

Since we've had freezing temperatures already, please join for an inside tea with some wonderful pumpkin date and nut bread and some pumpkin spice tea. 

I found this Autumn Delights cakelet pan last year, and love using it for Autumn treats.  

These little loaves are perfect for gifting!

Yield: i large loaf, or four mini loaves and six cakelets

Susan found this recipe from a friend, but the recipe comes from Maida Heatter's Cakes Cookbook. If you love dates, spices and pumpkin, you'll love this bread!  Aldi has whole dates at a good price.


  • 2-1/2 cups  flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1- and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • about 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (my addition)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 -15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 8 ounces pitted dates, cut up with kitchen shears
  • 1 cup walnuts, broken or coarsely chopped (I toasted mine)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of raw sugar for sprinkling on top of the loaves, optional


How to cook

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and place rack to the lower third of the oven. Butter or spray a 10x5x3 inch loaf pan .  (I used four mini baking loaf pans and my 6 cavity Autumn Delights cakelet pan.  )
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon,  cloves and nutmeg and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, with a hand mixer set on low, beat the eggs just until combined. Add the sugar, beating just to blend. Add the oil, beat just to blend. Mix in the pumpkin, then add the dates. Add the flour mixture and stir or beat only until it is blended, then stir in the nuts. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan(s) and smooth the top. Sprinkle with a little raw sugar over the top of each loaf.  (I didn't add any sugar to the cakelet pan.)
  4. If you are using a large pan, bake for 70-80 minutes. If using smaller pans, baking time will be less, about 45-55 minutes.  My mini leaves took  50 minutes and the cakelets took 25 minutes.  Start checking the loaves with a clean toothpick before the recommended time is over as all ovens are different. The toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf should come out clean. Cool in the pan(s) for 15 minutes before removing to cool on a rack.
  5. Cover and store at room temperature or refrigerator for several days or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 2-3 months.
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 This little cutie pie, Harper, has a birthday this week, and she had her five-year-old birthday party.  Can you tell that she's having fun at her gymnastics party??!!

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!

My handsome Marine grandson, Connor, is celebrating his 19th birthday this week! Happy Birthday, sweet boy (he'll always be a boy to me)!


I am sharing this with  these lovely parties:


  1. I don’t know, Kitty. He looks like a man to me! 🙂

    Harper has tons of energy. I can just imagine the party with lots of bouncing five-year olds. Ha!

    Who doesn’t love dates, pumpkin, and spice? So many recipes; so little time.

    A great week to you, Kitty! I can’t believe how chilly it’s been in Texas already. Some days it has been colder there than here. Crazy.

  2. Such a beautiful vignette of your sofa and coffee table laden with all those pretties. Love the cakelet pan. I love the sound of a pumpkin, date and nut bread. It sounds delicious; just perfect for chilly weather. Happy birthday to Harper and Connor.

  3. Lovely dear Kitty. That pan makes the prettiest treats. Your vignettes looks so pretty whether it's inside or out. Harper looks darling jumping. Happy birthday to Harper and Connor. Thank you for sharing this sweet post at "Love Your Creativity." Have a wonderful week and you are welcome. Hugs

  4. Your pumpkin bread looks so good and I like the pans. Happy birthday to your granddaughter and grandson. Thanks for the visit to my blog and hope you have a nice week.
    Hugs, Julie xo

  5. Your pumpkin date bread sounds delicious, Kitty! It's a perfect treat for this time of year. Happy Birthday to Harper! She sure had lots of fun! Happy Birthday to Connor as well! Much to their chagrin, my guys will always be boys to me too. No matter how old they get. If you would like to add this post to my party, let me know. Have a wonderful week, Kitty. Hugs...Sandi

  6. If this is anything like your other date cake I'm sure it's great Kitty! Have a fun week:@)

  7. Your Pumpkin Date Nut Bread sounds delicious Kitty! I'd love to have a cakelet (or two :) on hand to go with my morning coffee. Happy Birthday to sweet Harpet and your handsome Marine grandson, Connor! I love the gymnastics shot! ♥

  8. Happy Birthday to your Grands!Delicious recipe!Blessings!

  9. Hello! I am new to your blog, after visiting with Sandi and her "No Place Like Home" post. I love your pumpkin date bread recipe...I have been looking for a good pumpkin bread recipe, and this one looks good enough to try! Thank you for sharing it. I love the little autumn cakelets too. You have such wonderful grandchildren! And God bless your Marine Grandson. I know you are proud and rightly so. May God bless him and keep him safe always. Hope you have a blessed and happy week. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Hi Kitty! Oh I love your autumn cake pans - did you get them from King Arthur Flour catalogue by chance? I get those catalogues and just dream n drool over all their incredible wares.


  11. I'd love to sit on your cozy couch with you and have pumpkin spice tea tea with your pumpkin date/nut bread. That pan makes the cutest treats. Love seeing photos of the Grands! xo

  12. YUM! That bread looks so good. I love that pan! Oh my goodness...that sweet little girl is growing up too quickly. Those kids are so full of energy aren't they? Makes me tired watching them play sometimes. LOL! Your Connor is one nice looking young man. He is prayed for quite regular dear Kitty. Happy Week to you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  13. I love that cakelet pan you used, Kitty, and I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe! It was a real winner in my book ;) The black, white and cream and tan colors on your sofa and table are a beautiful backdrop. Happy Birthday to both of your wonderful grands!

  14. What an elegant tea time! I especially like the animal print pumpkin! Were you sipping Bigelow's pumpkin spice tea?

    Happy Birthday to the grandkids. My brother is in his late 30s and my parents still call him their "Baby". HA!

  15. Wow, so cold in Texas! You should come to Canada! It's balmy here just now. Your cake pan makes such pretty cakes. Pumpkin is the flavour of the month, isn't it?

  16. This sounds really scrumptious, Kitty. I will have to try this, as I love to make mini loaves of nut breads and fruit cakes for gifting. It's so much fun to wrap them in food safe colored foil wrap or holiday print tissue paper. Gives these little kitchen gifts a vintage look.

    Your cakelet pan is adorable. I'm thinking King Arthur, maybe?

  17. Those look yummy, Kity, and I Love your cakelet pan. We have a similar, old cast iron one in our booth right now to tempt seasonal bakers like you. ;) Happy Birthday to your grands. Harper looks like she's full of five year old energy!

  18. What a cute mold! I never have any luck with pans like that, mine things always look like a mess, yours turned out perfectly! Happy Birthday to Harper and Conner!

  19. Happy Birthday to Connor! I know you are so proud of him! The pumpkin bread sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing, sweet friend. :)

  20. Kitty, this sounds perfectly delish! Love your photos of food, fun and family. The top photo looks soooo cozy!

  21. I do like your cakelet pan …

    Happy birthday to Harper and Connor.

    All the best Jan

  22. Kitty, when you serve up anything with dates, I'm ALL in!
    This recipe is going to be enjoyed by me for sure!
    Thank you for Sharing with us and your living space looks so inviting, just beautiful.

  23. Pumpkin date and nut bread is my kind of food! Your coffee table is so pretty and your fall vignette on your sofa is very eye catching.
    I always enjoy seeing and hearing about your grands.
    I am a week behind because I had some dental surgery last week.
    Stay warm.

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