Walnut Date Bread

I insist you make this walnut date bread. Your weekend needs this walnut date bread (or also known as date and nut bread depending on whichever way you want to spin it) a cozy blanket, a good book and a cup of coffee or tea. Make it happen.

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This vintage beauty is my grandmother’s recipe. However she would wash-out cans from let’s say green beans or corn or something and she would fill them half way and baked this bread in the actual cans. Which is so retro and totally screams the 50’s. I love it. But we’re not baking bread in cans today, we’re going the ol’ loaf route.

A few weekends ago I took my girls out to the mall and then we swung by my mom’s for a visit featuring coffee and my mom had this beautiful little loaf set out on her counter. We poured our coffee and sipped while slices of this date bread were being toasted and then we slathered our pieces with softened butter.

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Because everything is better toasted and with butter.

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First things first you’ll need dates. Pitted dates preferred.

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Chop until you have a cup… or so… cause you know.

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Throw the chopped dates into a bowl, add a teaspoon of baking soda…

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Pour over 3/4 cup of boiling water…

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Stir and submerge the dates into the water and set off to the side.

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Chop up 1/2 cup of walnuts. Pecans would be fab here too.

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In a large-ish bowl add 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of butter (I KNOW RIIIIGHT??)…

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Crack in one large egg…

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1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract…

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Now just mix until combined.

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Throw in the 1-1/2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and cinnamon both.

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Throw in the chopped walnuts…

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…and lastly pour in the soaked dates and any water that is in the bowl goes in too.

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Mix until all ingredients are incorporated.

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I’m using these smaller, cardboard stand-alone muffin containers which work perfectly for making smaller loaves. I threw away the packaging but the measurements are roughly 6 x 3 x 2.

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Divide the batter among the mini loaf pans.

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It’s about a heaping cup per loaf.

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So cute.

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Spread the batter out and slide into the awaiting 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Once the bread cools I peel back the cardboard box (<— there’s a sentence you don’t say everyday!) …

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Slice (toast them if you want too!) and slather with copious amounts of butter. Or jam. Or maple syrup whaaaaat?!

It’s a sweet, nutty and subtly cinnamon-y and way good. I wrap one and freeze it for impromptu coffee dates or impromptu hunger pangs. You could double the recipe, making 4 loafs, wrap them in cute little packages and handout as gifts. Tis the season and all that.

Who’s excited!?

Enjoy!

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Walnut Date Bread

It's a sweet, nutty and subtly cinnamon-y and way good. I wrap one and freeze it for impromptu coffee dates or impromptu hunger pangs. You could double the recipe, making 4 loafs, wrap them in cute little packages and handout as gifts.

Yield: 2 small loaves

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40-45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped pitted Dates

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

3/4 boiling Water

3/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar

1 tablespoon Butter

1 extra large Egg

1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract

1-1/2 cup Unbleached All Purpose Flour

1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped Walnuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease two small loaf pans or use paper cardboard stand-alone liners.

Add chopped dates to a medium bowl along with baking soda and cover with boiling water. Let sit off to the side.

In a large bowl combine the sugar, butter, egg and vanilla. Add in the flour, salt, cinnamon, walnuts and dates including any remaining water in the bowl. Mix on low until combined. Divide among pans and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

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11 Responses to “Walnut Date Bread”

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    Millie | Add A Little — November 7, 2014 at 1:40 am

    This looks amazing! I love the sweetness of dates and with the crunch of walnuts, this looks perfect for afternoon tea!

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    Kelli+H+(Made+in+Sonoma) — November 7, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I love dates so I know I’d love this bread!

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    Carol+at+Wild+Goose+Tea — November 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Your Grandma’s recipe? Wow that type of recipe is the BEST. Thank you for sharing. I am going to sound ignorant here, but I didn’t know you could get and use cardboard baking containers. Goodness! Another door has opened for me. I had forgotten about the can deal. That pulled up a memory from high school home economics class and that was way later than the 50’s, but then the home econ teacher was definitely old old old.

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    Antojo+en+tu+cocina — November 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I love it!

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    Jennifer+@+Show+Me+the+Yummy — November 10, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Those cardboard boxes are adorable! You’re right…my weekend NEEDS this bread. I love dates 🙂

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    Gloria — November 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    My mom’s recipe is identical, but at times she used a very strong black coffee rather than the water to soak the dates. Also, we substituted with black walnuts if we had any. This is one of our traditional Christmas morning breakfast breads. We love it. YUM!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 10, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Gah, I love dates! This bread looks so comforting!

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    Monica — November 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. I think I’ll make some for my kids teachers. Where did you buy the cardboard containers?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 12th, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

      Hi Monica! That’s s great idea! I purchased the containers at Target

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    Terri Keese — November 23, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    This being my first comment, I wanted to say how much I love your blog.
    The photos illustrate beautifully and your writing is as entertaining as it is easy to follow. Have you considered publication? I would love to have hard copies of your collections for myself.
    I am finally getting to make this bread today, but wanted to make sure on how many walnuts, the photo shows 1/2 cup chopped.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Terri

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 23rd, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

      Hi Terri! Oops! I forgot to put the walnuts in the ingredient list! Thank you for pointing that out and yes, it’s 1/2 cup. Also, I’m actually in the process of writing my first cookbook and it should be out fall of next year! Thank you for your kind comment and I hope you enjoy this yummy bread

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