Date (and Nut) Loaf

Comfort food comes in many forms.  It might remind you of an event. It might make you feel good. It might just be your favourite and that’s that!

For us, this recipe is comfort food with memories. Mom would have Date Loaf or as she called it Date and Nut Loaf on hand in case company dropped in.  It went well with tea or coffee and it could be served up plain or buttered. Either way, ready in a jiffy.

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Date and Nut Loaf

Date Loaf

1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup boiling water
1 cup dates, pitted and finely chopped
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon melted butter

Dissolve the baking soda in boiling water and pour over the dates.  Let cool.  Using a blender or hand mixer, puree the dates and water until they form a smooth paste.

Beat the egg then gradually add brown sugar.  Beat well.  Add the sugar to the cooled date paste and mix it all together.

Stir in the vanilla then add the flour, salt and nuts and mix.  Pour in the melted butter and mix until well combined.

Heat oven to 350° F and grease an 8” x 5” loaf pan. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes.

Tips

– Dates can be bought already pitted; however, pits still manage to make it into the package. By chopping up the dates, you can verify no pits are present.
– If you prefer a loaf with more texture, dates do not need to be blended to a smooth paste. Dice them small and leave as is.
– Use whatever nuts you prefer. Mom’s original recipe calls for chopped walnuts.

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