Today I realized I am my grandmother in many ways. For years I avoided the Date Nut Bread she often had baking in the kitchen with the waft being something I moved away from. It was the "thought" of dates. The mere vision of a date on the counter. But today, I remembered the loaf of Date Walnut Bread and it sounded good. I took out that recipe and the dates from Christmas and made the loaf. To say that it was delicious is an understatement. It was divine. It wasn't too sweet and it didn't taste date-y at all.
Here it is for you to enjoy! Tomorrow I will post the Parmesan Herbal Tuscany Bread I also made today.
Date Walnut Bread
2 cups of chopped dates
4 TBS butter, softened
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup HOT brewed coffee (I use Highlander Grogg)
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 3/4 or 2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch loaf pan. Place chopped dates, butter, baking soda, salt and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Pour hot coffee over these ingredients in the bowl. Stir. Cool for 20 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla, baking powder and flour beating gently until smooth. Stir in walnuts. Pour batter into a pan. Bake for 55 minutes. If bread seems to be browning too quickly, place a foil tent over the top of the pan. Cook until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes. Then, transfer bread to a wire rack to cool completely.