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Date Nut Bread

 Date Nut Bread
Be sure the guest of honor at your Mother's Day brunch receives the recipe for this bread, sent in by Rosemary White of Oneida, New York—she'll appreciate its convenience. "My family likes its flavor," Rosemary reports, "and I like the fact that the bread can be baked ahead!"
32 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; beat
  • until fluffy. Combine dry ingredients; add alternately to creamed
  • mixture with orange juice. Blend well. Fold in dates and walnuts.
  • Pour into two greased, floured and waxed paper-lined 8-in. x 4-in.
  • loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick
  • inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes
  • before removing to a wire rack. Yield: 2 loaves.