BASIC DATE-NUT BREAD

 

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This recipe makes the best date bread I’ve ever eaten.  It has been my go-to recipe for forty-seven years.  This basic bread lends itself well to many variations.  You can even make a holiday date pudding with this recipe.  This is a recipe you should have in your apron pocket.  One to make over and over again.

BASIC DATE-NUT BREAD
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Cuisine: caking
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a basic date bread with many variations
Ingredients
  • 3 cups chopped, pitted dates
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 6 eggs
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup soft butter
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 to 1/12 cup chopped nuts.
Instructions
  1. Oven temperature 350F
  2. Butter and lightly flour two loaf pans
  3. Combine in a bowl the dates, soda, and salt, and pour the boiling water over.
  4. Stir to combine and set aside to cool.
  5. Beat the eggs until thoroughly blended.
  6. Add the sugar and butter to the eggs and beat until light and fluffy.
  7. Sift flour and stir into the egg mixture.
  8. Add the date mixture and the chopped nuts and mix until combined.
  9. Pour into the loaf pans and bake in a 350F oven for one hour, or until tester comes out clean.
  10. You can also bake these in cupcake tins for 30 minutes.
  11. VARIATIONS:
  12. You can add l cup of orange juice in place of as much water.
  13. You can add the grated rind of 2 large lemons
  14. You can make half the recipe omitting the nuts. Pour the batter into a buttered 8 by 12 inch shallow glass pan. Cover with a topping made by mixing ½ cup sugar, ½ cup chopped nuts and 1 cup of of chocolate chips and bake at 350F for l hour.
  15. Instead of dates substitute raisins. This makes a bread so delicious it can be served with a sauce as a dessert.
  16. Or make a Holiday Date pudding by following the basic recipe except increase the butter to 1 cup; decrease sugar to 1 cup; add 2 tsp baking powder and 1 cup chopped candied cherries. Turn batter into two loaf pans and bake at 325F for 1 to 1¼ hours or until the puddings test done with a toothpick of cake tester. Turn out and serve hot with butter sauce.
  17. Butter sauce;
  18. Melt ½ cup butter in a medium sized pan. Combine 3 tbsp all purpose flour, 1 cup brown sugar and stir into the melted butter. Cook slowly, stirring constantly, while you pour in the 3 cups of milk. Bring just to a boil, then remove from the heat and add 1 tsp vanilla extract.

 

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