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Date Nut Bread

This date nut bread is an old family recipe. It's fat nd easy to make and is perfect for dessert as well as breakfast
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
baking time 45 - 50 minutes until toothpick comes out clean from the center of loaf 0 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 116 kcal


  • oven, stove, mixer, knife


  • 10 ounces dates chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter softened DON'T let butter get too soft
  • 1 cup water boiling
  • 1/4 cup water cold plus 1 tsp cold water
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Grease the loaf pan
Mix dates, butter and boiling water with a wooden spoon
Once the butter melts, add cold water, brown sugar, baking soda, vanilla and egg
When thoroughly blended, pour into the greased loaf pan
Bake for 40-50 minutes.  Test with a toothpick in the center.  It should come out clean
To get the best shelf life from the date nut bread, cover it with aluminum foil or plastic wrap in a plastic bag to prevent it from drying out.
If properly stored, this bread 1 to 2 days at normal room temperature. I generally keep mine refrigerated and it's good for a week.
This also freezes extremely well for 3 months wrapped well.
Keyword dried fruit, holidays, loaf, sweets