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Date Nut Bread Recipe

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1 cup dates, pitted and chopped into 1/4" pieces.
1 cup sugar
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs, well-beaten
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 tsp vanilla

Grease a 9 x 5" loaf pan or two smaller pans. Preheat oven to 325.

Place dates and sugar in a large mixing bowl. In a saucepan, combine the water and shortening, and simmer until shortening is melted. Pour over dates and sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cool slightly. Mix ingredients with a wooden spoon, not an electric mixer. Add eggs, beating well. Combine dry ingredients. Stir into date mixture until well blended. Batter may be slightly lumpy. Add walnuts and vanilla. Turn batter into greased loaf pan, and bake one hour or until center of loaf springs back when touched. Cool thoroughly before removing from pan.




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