Aunt Shirley's Date Bread © llizard aka ejm 2000, 2002
Ingredients makes 2 loaves, freezes well
2 c. pitted dates, chopped
1½ c. boiling water
1 c sugar
1½ Tbsp melted shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
2½ c. flour
¾ c. chopped pecans
½ tsp vanilla
- Pour boiling water over dates. Let cool. Drain, reserving liquid.
- Cream together sugar, shortening and egg.
- Sift together, salt, baking soda and flour. Add to creamed mixture gradually, alternating with the date water.
- Add dates, nuts, vanilla. Line loaf tins with wax paper. Bake at 325F for 1½ to 2 hours.
I love this wonderful date bread. The recipe is one I remember having many times as a child. When I asked my mother to send me the recipe, I was surprised to hear that it is not her recipe at all but my mother's friend Shirley's mother's recipe. (Whoa!! How convoluted! Did you get that??) When Aunt Shirley and my mother were 12, they made this date bread for the first of many times together in Aunt Shirley's mother's kitchen.