Date Nut Bread

 

Date nut bread was very popular in the fifties, but seems to be seen less often now.  It is still delicious!

 

 

1
pound pitted dates
2
teaspoons baking soda
2
cups boiling water
1/2
cup butter, room temperature
2
cups sugar
2
eggs
4
cups flour
1/2
teaspoon salt
3/4
teaspoon nutmeg
3/4
teaspoon cinnamon
1
cup chopped nuts

 

 

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour two 9x5x2-3/4-inch loaf pans. 

 

Cut dates into pieces with scissors.  Dissolve baking soda in boiling water.  Pour over the dates and let stand until water is cool, about 15 minutes.  Cream the butter with the sugar.  Add eggs.  Sift or whisk flour, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon together.  Take about 1/4 cup of dry ingredients and mix with the nuts.  Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with date mixture.  Mix thoroughly.  Pour into prepared pans.  Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Cool completely and cover.

 

Bread slices better the second day, after flavors have had time to blend. 

 

Makes 2 loaves.  Good served with cream cheese.