Monday, January 11, 2021

Date and Nut Tea Bread

I've updated my date and nut bread recipe, and I'm having some with a cup of tea from my old faithful Sadler Brown Betty teapot. 


My favorite teacup for January is Johnson Brothers Friendly Village. It's fun to imagine myself in they pretty scenes.

A friend of mine dropped by with two of these handmade coasters that she created.  Isn't her work exquisite??  They're much too pretty to use as a coaster, don't you think? 


Yield: 1 loaf or 4 mini loaves
Author: Kitty
Date and Nut Tea Bread

Date and Nut Tea Bread

I updated my tried and true recipe, by using butter in place of shortening, brown sugar in place of white, and using brewed tea.


  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans are good)
  • 8 ozs. of pitted dates, chopped (don't buy the already pre-chopped dates). You can quickly chop them with a pair of kitchen shears.
  • 1 and 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup freshly brewed strong tea
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sifted flour


  1. Combine nuts, dates, soda, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the softened butter and freshly brewed hot tea.   Allow this mixture to stand for 15 minutes. Stir to blend.
  2. Beat the eggs slightly, add vanilla;, and add this to the date mixture.   Add the flour a little at a time, and blend well.
  3. Place in a greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour in a 350 degree oven. Cool before removing.
  4. NOTE: If making mini loaves, check to see if they're done at around 30-40 minutes.

 My youngest granddaughter is starting ballet and she needed a tote.  I made this for her to carry to class. 

 Thank you for your visit!  xo

I am sharing this with:

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All About Home with Debra 
All About Home with Amber 
Love Your Creativity Link Party
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  1. Kitty, I wish I had a slice of your date nut bread this morning! It sounds delicious with tea out of your pretty JB Friendly Village cup! The tote you made for Hayden is SO adorable, I'm sure she'll be thrilled and I bet her fellow ballerinas will all want one! Your sweet snowman coaster is so pretty (and too pretty to use) too. ♥

  2. Cute, cute, and cute! The tea cup is beautiful, and yes the snowman coasters are much to cute to use, and Hayden is going to love her tote {I bet a lot of mom's will be calling you for making their girls totes!} Your bread sounds perfect with afternoon tea, stay cozy this week, Brrrr!

  3. Oh my goodness! I love Haden's tote bag. How adorable Kitty. A slice of that bread sounds so yummy this morning. I hope that you are doing well dear Kitty. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. The date bread sounds wonderful with a cup of tea or coffee. I like the pretty coaster your friend made. Yes, I think it's too pretty to use. I like the tote you made too! You and your friends are so talented. I hope you have a nice week Kitty.

  5. That tote is so adorable and what young lady wouldn't want one? The coaster is very sweet. I know I wouldn't want to set anything on it for fear of spilling my beverage. It looks so cute on your tea table! I love a date loaf. I haven't made one in a while though. You and your friends are so talented to create such wonderful things. Have a lovely week, Kitty. Hugs...Sandi

  6. I would very much enjoy a slice of your Date Nut Bread, Kitty. I like the idea of using brewed tea as the liquid and will try that next time (if I remember). Date loaf is popular around here. Your friend's snowman coasters are darling, as is the bag for Hayden. Have a good week!


  7. Hayden's going to love that tote! So were you pleased with the changes
    you made to your recipe?

    Your Friendly Village tea cup is perfect for January. I hear it's been cold
    down there!

  8. Well the date bread was great before Kitty, I'd love to try it again with your new modifications:@)

  9. Oh YUM - that sounds so delicious, Kitty! And I bet the alternates changing it made it ohhhhh so much better. Ask the French - butter makes EVERYTHING better!!!!!

    The coaster your friend gave you is adorable, I love it! And the ballet tote you made Hayden? That is so cute I can barely stand it. Would you ever consider selling them? I'd buy a pink and black one in a millisecond for you-know-who!!!!!! Let me know. Love it! ♥

    I have never eaten dates, think I am adding it to our weekly shopping list and trying it. Thanks for sharing. Hugs.

  10. The snowmen coasters and ballet tote are super cute!

    I've always been a fan of the JB Friendly Village. My mom has 4 teacups/saucers and 4 mugs. I'm always keeping an eye out for the teapot (no luck so far...).

  11. oh that blue pops out on the coaster and plate ... and don't get me started on that incredible bag for Hayden!!

    fabulously creative!

  12. Adorable tote for Hayden!Gorgeous teacup and cute snowmen coaster too. Your recipe sounds delicious!

  13. My grandmother used to have a set of dishes very similar to your teacup.

  14. I love date nut bread and wish I had a slice this morning. How pretty your tray is! Your friend made the sweetest coasters. Yes, they would be for looks only! Very nice.
    The tote you made for Hayden is darling. I know she loves it.
    I guess y'all got some snow. Your dishes are perfect for this season.
    Have a nice week.

  15. Kitty, such a delightful post. Yummy date nut bread with your lovely Johnson Bros. teacup. I am using my Johnson Bros plates for a tablescape this week. Love the sweet little tote you made. Happy Tuesday.

  16. I'm looking forward to trying your updated date bread! Such a darling tote that you made for Hayden, and those coasters are fabulous! Happy Tuesday, have a nice week.

  17. Hayden's tote is adorable, Kitty! Love the sweet little tutu dancing around the tote. And yes, those coasters are much too lovely to use for resting one's tea on. We would wouldn't want to spill tea on them now, would we. I wouldn't mind a slice of your date and nut bread, Kitty. It would go down perfectly, with a cup of tea, right about now.

  18. Oh Kitty! You're just too much. =) That tote could not be cuter! I have always loved date bread - my aunt made it when I was growing up and I get hungry for it now and then. I'm sure yours is wonderful. How I'd love to share a cup of tea and some bread with you. I agree - those coasters are much too cute to actually use. What sweet decorations they add for your winter! XO

  19. As if the sweet bread wasn't enough to draw me in, your creation for Hayden and gift coasters from your friend are both remarkable! I agree - the coasters too cute to use, but I'd sure leave them out for display. I hope your week is going well, Kitty.

  20. This is the perfect tea weather Kitty and you've set the perfect setting. Love your pretty mantle and fireplace. Your tea service is so pretty. Friendly village is so sweet, I love that pattern and the teapot is spot on. Yes, those coasters are much to pretty to use as coasters! Such a sweet little tote for your granddaughter's ballet class. Hope your January is going well........

  21. The bread looks delicious, Kitty; I love dates and nuts in a homemade loaf so this is a keeper recipe. Your fireplace is pretty and the coaster is cute, but the tote bag is adorable. Bet your granddaughter loves it and everyone in her ballet class will want one also. 😉 Thanks for the recipe, take care.

  22. I do like the snowman coasters, and your granddaughters tote is lovely.
    Many thanks for sharing your recipe.

    All the best Jan

  23. I love the sound of your date nut bread! You know I love dates and nuts. What type of tea do you use in your recipe? I think I only have green tea and Constant Comment spiced tea in the house right now :) The coaster could be a tree ornament or would be adorable framed too. I am so impressed with the tote bag you made for Hayden! I looks so professional. She's going to love it!

  24. Aw, the tote is just gorgeous! You do such amazing work and are such a dear blessing to all who know you, sweet friend. May the Lord richly bless you today!

  25. Kitty, your date bread looks wonderful, and I like the updates you made. That ballet tote is THE cutest ballet tote EVER! Hayden must be so glad she has such a talented as well as wonderful grandmother.


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