Applesauce Date Nut Bread

Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins

Delicious served with cream cheese, plain, or with butter. Wrap and store for 8 hours before slicing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the walnuts, dates, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Microwave the applesauce in a microswave safe bowl until heated through.
  3. Add shortening to the applesauce and stir until melted.
  4. Add applesauce mixture to walnut mixture and mix well.
  5. Let stand, loosely covered, for 20 minutes.
  6. Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl using a fork.
  7. Add the vanilla, sugar and flour and mix well.
  8. The mixture will be very dry.
  9. ADd the walnut mixture 1.4 at a time, mixing gently after each addition.
  10. Do not overbeat.
  11. Spoon into a greased 9x5 loaf pan.
  12. Bake at 350º for 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  13. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  14. Invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  15. Wrap in foil and store for 8 to 12 hours before slicing.


Most Helpful

I made this with macadamia nuts because that's what I had on hand. This was fabulous. The bread reminded me of what used to be served at Todd's in Houston. I also used unsweetened applesauce and it was plenty sweet.

nktx54 December 24, 2009

Makes a nice dark, dense, moist loaf that sliced easily. Very sweet which dh loved.

Donna Matthews April 04, 2008

I haven't made this particular recipe yet but it is much like my favorite one that I have lost. It is what I always made instead of fruitcake. It was always very well liked. I am so glad to have found this one.

vj50 December 20, 2011

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