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Walnut Date Bread

Many years ago when I was sick, a dear friend stopped with a pot of soup and this beautiful bread. Every cook should have a copy of this traditional quick bread recipe in his or her files.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 1-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1-1/2 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, combine the dates, water and butter; let stand for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, walnuts, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla and date mixture. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  • Pour into two greased 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cover loosely with foil if top browns to quickly. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 120 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 181mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • annie
    Oct 23, 2018

    Moist, dense flavors. I found that the batter was much too wet and reduced the water to 1 cup. I also reduced the sugar to 1 cup as the dates are plenty sweet enough for my taste. For some extra texture try adding a half cup of crushed whole wheat unsweetened cereal ie grape nuts flakes or wheaties.

  • Donna
    Jan 20, 2018

    This recipe is horrible, certainly does not yield two loaves. Baking time is way off, bottom burnt and stuck to pan. I would never make this recipe again.

  • NanZim
    Aug 29, 2014

    My husband enjoys these moist tasty loaves. The recipe is easily halved if you only want 1 loaf. I have also frozen the extra loaf with good results.

  • royrogersfan
    Nov 22, 2009

    So easy to make and so wonderful to taste!

  • Nipsy
    Oct 24, 2007

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