December 22, 2016
It’s National Date Nut Bread Day! Date nut bread is the perfect dish for the holiday season. It is delicious, healthy, and easy to make!
The first date nut bread recipe appeared in print in 1939, but dates are one of the world’s oldest fruits. Date seeds have been found in archaeology excavations of sub-tropical areas around the world. Historians believe that the ancient Moors brought the date to Spain and later introduced it to America.
Dates are notorious for their high sugar content, so it is no surprise that most date nut bread recipes do not call for any additional sweeteners. To celebrate National Date Nut Bread Day, try your hand at baking a homemade loaf of this festive treat! Don’t forget to top it off with a little cream cheese frosting!
1 cup pitted chopped dates
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
3/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 350. Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3 inch loaf pan.
Put the dates, walnuts, baking soda, salt and shortening in a bowl. Pour the boiling water over and stir. Let the mixture stand for 15 minutes.
Using a fork, beat the eggs and sugar together in a bowl. Add the flours and stir; the batter will be too stiff to mix well. Add the date mixture and mix briskly until the batter is well blended. Spoon into the loaf pan and bake 40 to 50 minutes. Check the loaf often; it is done when a few moist crumbs cling to a straw inserted in the middle of the loaf. The bread will continue to bake after it is removed from the oven. Do not overbake, or the loaf will be dry.
When the loaf is done, slide a knife around the edges of the pan and turn the loaf onto a rack to cool completely. For more recipes, visit www.FoodiesUSA.com today.