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Monday, December 22, 2008

Today is National Date Nut Bread Day!

Today is National Date Nut Bread Day! I must confess that I have never tried Date Nut Bread, and have never heard of this particular kind of bread. I did a little research and found that Date Nut Bread is very popular and many people love a "canned" Date Nut Bread although folks are all over food and baking forums asking where to find the canned versions, it seems stores are no longer stocking it). Better yet, it is apparently quite the yummy treat spread with cream cheese.

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Most of the recipes I found on line were basically the same version of this one from

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Date Nut Bread Recipe
By Diana Rattray,

Date nut bread is made with chopped dates, butter, boiling water, egg, and walnuts or pecans.

Cook Time: 55 minutes


1 cup boiling water
8 ounces chopped dates
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2 1/4 cups flour, stir before measuring
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
Pour boiling water over dates in a medium bowl; add butter and set aside. With mixer, beat sugars and egg until light. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the sugar mixture, alternating with the date and water mixture. Stir in chopped nuts. Bake at 325° for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

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I also found this recipe, which sounds like a wonderfully different twist on the "traditional" Date Nut Bread. This recipe is from

Kahlua Date Nut Bread


1 cup chopped, pitted dates
1/2 cup Kahlua
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 large egg
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup chopped pecans


Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine dates and Kahlua. Set aside and let stand.

Beat sugar, butter, and egg together until creamy.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Alternate adding flour mixture and date mixture to the sugar mixture. Stir in pecans. Put batter in sprayed/greased loaf pan(s). Let batter stand in pan(s) for about 5 minutes.

Bake until done. For a regular loaf pan, bake 60 to 70 minutes. For medium loaf pans, bake 50 to 60 minutes. For small loaf pans, bake 45 to 50 minutes.

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