Thursday, October 9, 2008

Crazy for Date Nut Bread

I love dried fruit. Figs, dates, apricots, you name it.
I especially love dates. When in Arizona, there is a road side stand close to the airport in Phoenix that sells dates the size of plums! I buy them whenever we are there.

When I was a kid, my mother always bought Thomas' Date Nut Bread (the same maker as the English muffins). We loved it with just a "schmeer" of cream cheese for breakfast.

I don't know if Thomas' makes date nut bread anymore, so I make my own. I made a loaf last night, and it's almost gone (of course....oink oink).

It's great with or without a schmeer!

This recipe is so simple. It was given to me and handwritten by a woman that I used to work with, so I can't give any cookbook credit!

Date Nut Bread: (it's REALLY a CAKE!!!)

~ 1 cup pitted dates, chopped (I love Medjool dates)
~ 3/4 cup of chopped walnuts
~ 3/4 cup of boiling water
~ 1/4 cup of olive oil + 2 tbsp
~ zest of an orange

~ 1 cup sugar
~ 2 eggs
~ tsp vanilla
~ 1 1/2 cup of flour
~ 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
~ 1/2 tsp salt

Pour boiling water and oil over dates and walnuts in a bowl and let stand for 15 minutes. To this mixture add the rest of the ingredients.

Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan.

Bake 45-55 minutes at 350F degrees. Let cool before releasing from pan.

This is the last of the anemone flowers in our taken while enjoying a piece of date nut bread and a cup of afternoon coffee!


John and Lisa Howard-Fusco said...

Twenty twenty twenty-four hours to go-ho-ooo...I wanna piece of date bread!

Sorry. Couldn't help it.

- John

kat said...

That bread certainly looks like a treat

SarahB said...

Yes! The schmeer of cream cheese! We always had that on our date nut bread too!

Lisa said...

It looks like it would be great with a cup of coffee or tea.

I would've ate a few bowls of that pasta also:)

Andrea said...

Oooh, date nut bread sounds like such a treat! I love that you can get dates on a roadside stand by the airport! Do you make date bars for the holidays too? That's always been a tradition in my family. Yummm!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I just bought some dates today, after I checked this out the other day. I love this, cause it dosen't use much oil. I'll take it with a schmeer too!

Alexa said...

Date bread is like a childhood memory to me. My mom use to make it and it was my favorite. She doesn't have the recipe anymore. So sad. I might have to try to make your recipe with my wheat-free flour mix. Schmeer of no schmeer it sounds delicious.

Anonymous said...

Stacey.. I found a girl after my own NY heart! Love that datenut bread.. I moved to Las Vegas from Staten Island and they don't have a clue what it is here. I had a friend always send it to me but now Thomas doesn't make it. Thanks for the great tasting cake and glad someone felt the same way.
Move over Choc-ful-0 nuts!!!
Denise in Las Vegas

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Catherine said...

Love date bread, with cream cheese especially. In Palm Springs there is a farmers' market once a week, and all the date farmers come in and sell their delicious dates. You can also buy lots of other date things, like date shakes, and date baked goods. A really good reason to go there, besides the weather.