I had such rave reviews from the family last week on my Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread that I decided not to rest on my laurels but to forge ahead & make Date Nut Bread. I haven’t made or had it for years, maybe decades, but I came across a fun, retro recipe from Pat Nixon, and couldn’t resist!
Now, should I trust the wife of a man known the world over as “Tricky Dick?” I’m not sure, but I felt much better after realizing it was almost item by item the same recipe my Grandmother used. I guess it was, like many recipes of the era, extensively passed around. Sold.
This recipe was originally published in the Washington Post, Hints from Heloise, in 1961, and reprinted in 2010. It seems like there was an error in the amount of butter, so I did a bit of adapting.
This recipe makes two loaves – so one to give and one to keep, but if you’d rather cut it in half, don’t sweat the slight discrepancies in the measurements. It’s not so particular that you can’t just guesstimate the sugar and flour measurements.
It’s a lovely recipe, and it’s even better if tightly wrapped and refrigerated overnight. The texture improves and overall it just seem moister. Final conclusion? Tricky Dick might not have my full confidence, but Pat is a different story!
I nearly forgot my shopping tips! Any dried fruits or nuts are at their low during the time period around the Christmas holidays. Stock up then! Freeze the nuts. Aldi prices are also very good on nuts, although the selection may vary.
Pat Nixon's Date Nut Bread
- 1 pound packaged dates
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cut dates into small pieces and place in a bowl. Add baking soda to boiling water and pour over dates in bowl. Set aside and let mixture stand.
With a mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add the egg. Strain water from the date mixture into the cream, sugar and egg mixture. Add flour and beat well. Add nuts, dates and vanilla.
Pour the mixture into greased 8 x 4″ loaf pans. Bake for one hour in a 350 F oven.
from the kitchen of http://www.frugalhausfrau.com, adapted from Pat Nixon
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 7 g||11 %|
|Saturated Fat 2 g||9 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 1 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 4 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 17 mg||6 %|
|Sodium 176 mg||7 %|
|Potassium 236 mg||7 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 45 g||15 %|
|Dietary Fiber 2 g||10 %|
|Sugars 40 g|
|Protein 2 g||5 %|
|Vitamin A||1 %|
|Vitamin C||0 %|
Today, of course, I’ll be linking to our very own Throwback Thursday Link Party, hosted by Quinn of Dad What’s for Dinner, Meaghan of 4 Sons are Us, Alli of Tornadough, Carlee from Cooking with Carlee and Moi! That’s right – me!
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And, as I do almost every Friday, I’ll be linking up to Angie’s Fiesta Friday – this is Number 132! Many of my fave bloggers hang out there every weekend and this week’s co-hosts are Sandhya @ Indfused and Nancy @ Feasting With Friends! It’s always a fun line up of bloggers and linkers.