Date Nut Bread

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Date Nut Bread- my grandmas secret recipe for the most delicious bread ever!

There aren’t a ton of recipes I remember from my Grandma Pat. I know she was a good cook, and I always loved eating her food- but I just don’t remember a lot of the recipes that she made us before she died. I do, however, remember her date nut bread. It was chewy, moist, delicious- and always perfect. My mom made it for us a few times growing up, but she made it recently for my kids, and the memories came flooding back! This Date Nut bread is a delicious family tradition- and I’m so thrilled my kids love it too. My son who is insanely picky can almost down an entire loaf by himself.

This bread is easy and uses a unique method- you don’t need a stand mixer or anything fancy- just a tea kettle! Yep… we’re going to use some boiling water to help soften and plump the dates, as well as activate the baking soda.

It’s a little bit of an odd step, but it produces easy results every time.

Date nut bread- a totally unique technique!

First, you’ll mix the dates and baking soda and pour hot water over- let them sit until cool.

mix the date nut bread

Mix ingredients and stir. Mixture will be slightly thick- not too runny. Don’t add any additional water unless you absolutely cannot incorporate all of the ingredients in without it. This bread is quite gooey on it’s own- adding too much water will make it a little unstable!

bake the bread

I like to cook it in a well-greased bundt pan- but you can also bake it in a loaf pan, muffin tins, or even a springform cake pan! I like to top warm bread out of the oven with a little powdered sugar sprinkled over it.

Date nut bread- this secret family recipe is the absolute best!

I personally prefer to have my date nut bread slightly undercooked- just a touch gooey- but my husband likes it done the full 45 minutes.

Date Nut Bread
  • 1 lb dates
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 c boiling water
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  1. Place pitted, chopped dates into a large bowl with baking soda and butter.
  2. Pour boiling water over dates, butter, and soda and let sit until cool.
  3. Add vanilla, sugar, flour and egg, mix until well combined.
  4. Stir in nuts.
  5. Pour into well greased pan.
  6. For bundt cakes loaf pans or large springform cakes, cook 45 minutes to 1 hour- when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes clean.
  7. For muffins, bake 15-30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

This bread is delicious for breakfast, smeared with butter or cream cheese- or just by itself. It’s so good, you’ll find yourself ready for another piece right away!

Date nut bread- this delicious bread is moist, chewy and full of flavor!

3 thoughts on “Date Nut Bread”

  1. I love date but bread. Have not for a long time my mom had to make it us as a child. I like it with a little butter on it yummy ?.

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