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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!"
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves


  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups 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


  • 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 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

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  • KristineChayes
    Feb 4, 2019

    I doubled the recipe and followed it exactly. The Date Nut Bread is good, a bit dryer than I thought it would be (the loaves baked in less time than noted in the recipe; all ovens vary), but still tasty. This was more of a tea bread. I was looking for a denser, moister bread, like the Thomas' version I remember as a child.

  • Janadele
    Dec 7, 2015

    Great flavor.

  • dsylvia
    Dec 19, 2009

    I added a cup of nuts instead of 1/2 cup, but this bread is delicious - very, very good. Good with butter or soft cream cheese.