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 Pat Nixon’s Date Nut Bread. I haven’t made or had Date Nut Bread for years, maybe decades, but I came across a fun, retro recipe from Pat Nixons Date Nut Bread, and couldn’t resist!
Good to know about Pat Nixons Date Nut Bread
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. Ya gotta love those tried and true recipes. 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.
Like most quick breads, it’s even better if tightly wrapped and refrigerated overnight. The texture improves and overall it just seems moister. Final conclusion? Tricky Dick might not have my full confidence, but Pat is a different story!
Save time & money on Pat Nixons Date Nut Bread:
This recipe makes two loaves – so one to give and one to keep or freeze, 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.
I nearly forgot my shopping tips for Pat Nixons Date Nut Bread! 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.Print
Pat Nixon’s Date Nut Bread
An old-fashioned date nut bread, moist and flavorful.
- Yield: 2 loaves
- 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.
Makes 2 loaves and freezes beautifully
- Serving Size: 2 slices
- Calories: 235
- Sugar: 40g
- Sodium: 16mg
- Fat: 7g
- Saturated Fat: 2g
- Carbohydrates: 45g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 2g
- Cholesterol: 17mg
I’ll be linking Pat Nixons Date Nut Bread 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.