Recipe for Date Nut Bread


    Date Nut Bread

    4 cups dates, cut-up
    2 cups nuts, chopped
    2 cups boiling water
    1/2 cup shortening
    1 1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
    4 cups sifted cake flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 eggs
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    2/3 cup hot water

    Boil water in a kettle. Set oven at 350 degrees F. Grease 4 small (5 x 3-inch) loaf pans and flour lightly and evenly.

    Cut dates in half. Break nuts, but not too small. Pour 2 cups boiling water over the date and nut pieces and let stand while mixing the batter.

    Cream the shortening in a bowl, adding brown sugar gradually.

    Sift flour and salt together twice. Break eggs, one at a time, into the shortening mixture. Add baking soda to dates and nuts. Stir flour and fruit mixture alternately into creamed batter. Stir gently; mix quickly. Stir in another 2/3 cup water and fold in. Pour into pans and bake for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick tested in the center comes out clean and dry.

    Turn out of pans to cool. This is better the next day and even better the next week.