Rena’s recipe for Date-Nut Bread
Use a well-greased bundt pan or a loaf pan.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Arrange racks so that you can bake this in the middle of the oven.
1/2 pound pitted dates
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup or more, toasted, roughly chopped walnuts
Cut dates into 1/2 inch chunks, put them into a heat-proof bowl, sprinkle with the baking soda and pour the boiling water over them. Stir, then set aside to cool.
In a good-sized bowl, cream together the sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla.
Combine flour and baking powder in a small bowl.
Add the flour mixture and the cooled date mixture alternately to the sugar mixture. Mix only ’til blended, don’t overmix it.
Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Cool completely and wrap tightly if you’re not going to eat it right away. Slice and serve with whipped cream cheese. Yummy.
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