This is my favorite Christmastime bread. Dark, dense, sticky-sweet and with a big schmear of cool cream cheese over top makes the perfect breakfast with my morning coffee. Ma makes it for me every year. She will call and say, “I’m making the Date Nut Bread!” This year I am making it for you. It is very simple to do and I will type out the recipe just as Ma had written it out for me. I can’t remember when Ma started making this bread around Christmas, it always seemed to be right from my beginning, I can’t remember a year without it. Maybe Ma can fill us in on where it came from and when she started making it. Ma?
Date Nut Bread- Ma
Mix together 1/2 pound chopped dates, 2 1/4 cup boiling water, 2 tsp. baking soda.
Stir until foamy. Let cool. Add 1 3/4 cups sugar, 1 egg beaten, 2 3/4 cups. four, 1/3 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 cup chopped walnuts.
Pour into 1 greased 9×5 inch loaf pan plus one more smaller loaf pan. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 45 minutes. (I filled one 9×5 inch loaf 3/4 of the way full and poured the rest of the batter into a 5×5 inch pan- the small loaf finished in 45 minutes, the large in 60 minutes.)
This freezes well.
Come back tomorrow for Day 11.