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Old-Fashioned Date-Nut Bread

Author: PJ Hamel

Old-Fashioned Date-Nut Bread Recipe

Maybe you remember buying date-nut bread at the supermarket; Thomas' was a favorite. Or maybe your mom used to make you date-nut sandwiches: date-nut bread sandwiched around cream cheese. Whatever your memories of this venerable quick bread, here's your chance to relive those happy days.

At a glance

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Total
Yield
1 loaf, about 16 servings
Nutrition information

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon vodka or brandy, optional; to enhance flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan.
  2. Place the dates, butter, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Pour the hot coffee into the bowl, stirring to combine. Allow the mixture to cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla, liquor, baking powder, and flour, beating gently until smooth. Stir in the walnuts.
  4. Pour the batter into the pan, gently tapping the pan on the counter to settle the batter.
  5. Bake the bread for 45 to 55 minutes, tenting the loaf gently with foil after 30 minutes, to prevent over-browning. Remove the bread from the oven; a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean, and an instant-read thermometer should read about 200°F.
  6. After 10 minutes, gently turn the bread out of the pan onto a rack to cool. Cool completely before slicing. Wrap airtight, and store at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer storage.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 79g
  • Servings Per Batch 16
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 200
  • Calories from Fat 70
  • Total Fat 8g
  • Saturated Fat 2.5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 20mg
  • Sodium 210mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 30g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 18g
  • Protein 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.