An old-fashioned date nut bread, moist and flavorful.
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. You will be using BOTH the dates and the SOAKING WATER in the recipe.
With a mixer, cream butter and sugar together. Add the egg. Strain water (DO NOT DISCARD WATER) from the date mixture into the creamed butter, sugar and egg mixture. Add flour and beat well. Add nuts, dates, and vanilla.
Pour mixture into greased 8 x 4″ loaf pans. Bake for one hour in a 350 F oven.
Makes 2 loaves and freezes beautifully
Keywords: Bread, Breakfast or Brunch Dish, Dates, Dried Fruit, Fruit, Nuts and Seeds, Pat Nixon, Quick Bread, walnuts