Date Nut Bread



1 loaf

Recipe from

Oxmoor House


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)


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

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

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.

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.