1 hr 30 mins
From The Winter Vegetarian by Darra Goldstein, (published by HarperCollins, 1996). If you haven't read that book, check it out! It will make you feel better about winter. This recipe uses twice the amount of dates as a typical date loaf. The author credits the original recipe to her sister. I reduce the amount of sugar to 1/2 c. and use 1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour plus 1/4 cup ground flaxmeal to make this a bit healthier.
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- 1Place the dates in a medium bowl and sprinkle with the baking soda, then pour the boiling water over. Set aside.
- 2Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large loaf pan. The original recipe calls for a 2 pound coffee can, but I never have one of those.
- 3In a mixing bowl, cream butter. Stir in sugar, egg, vanilla, spices, and salt.
- 4Add half the flour, then stir in the dates.
- 5Add remaining flour and nuts.
- 6Place batter in prepared pan.
- 7Bake until a cake tester comes out clean, usually around 50 minutes to an hour. The original recipe calls for a 90 minute bake time, but I don't think it needs that much time.
- 8Cool ten minutes before removing from pan.
- 9Slices better the next day.
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Nutritional Facts for Date and Nut Loaf
Serving Size: 1 (1210 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 3123.0
- Calories from Fat 520
- Total Fat 57.8 g
- Saturated Fat 12.8 g
- Cholesterol 216.5 mg
- Sodium 1502.1 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 644.1 g
- Dietary Fiber 40.2 g
- Sugars 448.9 g
- Protein 44.2 g