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Date Nut Bread

Yield 1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Sprinkle soda over dates; add water, and set aside.

  2. Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add date mixture and egg; beat well.

  3. Combine 1 3/4 cups flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture, beating until smooth. Dredge pecans in remaining flour; stir into batter. Stir in vanilla.

  4. Spoon batter into a greased and waxed paper-lined 9- x 5- x 3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan, and cool completely on wire rack. Slice, and serve with cream cheese, if desired.

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