Saturday, March 26, 2011

Weekend Cooking: Terry's Date nut bread

This is my contribution to Weekend Cooking, a meme hosted by Beth Fish Reads. Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs.  
For some reason I just had a hankering for date and nut bread, a recipe I haven't made in ages. I got this recipe from my best friend, Terry. We've been friends for almost 58 years and shared a lot over those years.

Hey, she was even TBG's first wife (on paper) but that's a story for another day. Anyhooo . . . . here's Terry's recipe. It's filed in my tried and true go-to recipe box.
Date  Nut Bread
  1. 3/4 c. boiling water
  2. 8 oz pitted chopped dates
  3. 1 c. sugar
  4. 1 egg
  5. 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  6. 2 tsp. vanilla
  7. 2 c. flour
  8. 2 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/2 tsp salt
  10. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  11. 1 c. plain yoghurt
  12. 3/4 c. nuts ( the recipe calls for chopped almonds, I used walnuts)

  1. Pour boiling water over dates in small bowl and let stand for 15 minutes
  2. Beat sugar,egg and oil for 3 minutes on high speed
  3. Blend in date mixture and vanilla
  4. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda
  5. Add dry ingredients alternately with yoghurt to beaten mix
  6. Blend well
  7. Stir in nuts
  8. Pour batter into 4 well greased 3 1/4" x 5 3/4" pans (1 cup per pan)
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 35- 40 minutes

Note: I used the pre-chopped  dates this time and thought they were too small. It's a sticky mess cutting them by hand but I think the next time I'll go back to doing that. The recipe calls for plain yoghurt but one time I didn't have any and used lemon and some french vanilla yoghurt. Honestly, I couldn't tell the difference. For my oven, 35 minutes is perfect. You might want to check them at 35 minutes and go from there. Bon appetit!


  1. I wish I had a slice to go with my first cup of coffee (which I'm sipping right now). It looks delicious! Happy Saturday, Kaye :)

  2. wait...are you handing out slices??

    You are right about the walnuts, way better with dates I think than almonds.

  3. Looks delicious! Haven't had date-nut bread in ages. My grandma always spread cream cheese on hers! Walnuts get my vote!

  4. I love date and nut bread. I use either walnuts or pecans. Yumm. Oh and like Carol, my family always served it with cream cheese.

    I love your penguin recipe box!

  5. The date nut bread looks delicious, but I 'm more curious about the back-story you hinted at ;-)

  6. My stepmother makes loaves of break and freezes them. Then on the weekends all she has to do is set one out on Friday night and wallah! Tasty breakfast bread with coffee on lazy Saturday mornings :)

  7. Date nut bread with cream cheese and coffee - heaven

  8. Ok - Alex's comment above made my mouth water!

  9. I love date and nut bread too. I was surprised by the addition of yogurt. I'm just curious enough to give it a try.

    You know you can't tease us with a back story and then walk away from it. ;-)

  10. Your date nut bread looks and sounds delish, but I'm also interested in the back story!! ;)

  11. wow! I think it looks more like a cake! It is so shiny :)

  12. Wow! Delicious and healthy. I've been looking for a date nut cake recipe for a while, thanks for posting this :)

  13. That looks so yummy! Such a pretty bread for the weekend.

  14. I don't care for dates, but I wonder what might work in their place - raisins??

  15. I love dates and cream cheese on top of the bread sounds like heaven! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  16. So you tease us with that interesting tidbit and leave us hanging.....the bread looks good though!! LOL!! :D

  17. Looks yummy! I adore dates and nuts. I'd use walnuts.


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