Once the cold air of winter arrives, all I crave is homemade date nut bread. Each year around this time my dad starts making these loaves once a week or so. And let me tell you, there is no better feeling then waking up at my parents house to the smell of freshly baked date nut bread wafting into my bedroom. It's a comforting bread that is perfect for chilly mornings toasted and topped with cream cheese, served with a steaming mug of coffee. It's sweet enough to have as a snack or as an after dinner treat as well!
For some reason I always assumed this was a long passed down recipe, but a couple of weeks ago when I asked for the recipe it turns out my parents got it from their college friend Richie. So thanks Richie for years of delicious mornings at the Macner household!
Although there are a lot of ingredients and extra steps like separating eggs, this bread is incredibly easy to make! If you like a rustic bread - chop your dates and walnuts coarsely, like I did, and if you like a smoother, less chunky bread, chop them more finely.
Date and Nut Bread
- 1 of 10 oz. package of pitted dates
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1/4 lb. of butter
- 2 cups of boiling water
- 2 eggs (separated)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 3 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of chopped walnuts
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
Pre-heat the oven to 350°. Chop dates and place into large mixing bowl with baking soda, sugar and butter. Pour boiling water over ingredients and mix. Let stand until cooled - stirring often. Beat egg yolks and add them to the mixture. Then add salt, flour, nuts and vanilla. Finally, beat the egg whites and add them in last. Pour into well-greased loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and until toothpick inserted in the center comes out just clean. (Makes 2 loaves)
They make a great gift for Christmas as well! This recipe makes two loaves, so it's simple gift to make for a couple of friends, family or coworkers.
(all photos, jamie grill photography)