Nobody seems to know for sure who came up with Date Nut Bread Day, but the delicious, fruity bread recipe has been published since the 1920s. The best way to celebrate Date Nut Bread Day is to bake some bread and serve it up to friends or family for breakfast or afternoon tea.
This Date Nut Bread Recipe is sure to bring a smile to their faces.
· 1 ½ cups pitted dates, coarsely chopped
· ¾ cup boiling/ very hot water
· 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
· 2 tsp. baking powder
· ½ tsp. salt
· ¾ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg (or cinnamon)
· ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
· ½ cup light brown sugar
· ¼ cup sugar
· 1 large egg
· 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
· 1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts), plus 5-8 pecan halves reserved
Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.
Pour boiling water into a medium-sized bowl. Place dates into water and let stand for 20 minutes, then drain before use.
In a separate, larger bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg and set aside.
In another large bowl cream butter and sugars. Add egg, then vanilla, then sift in the flour mixture and blend until just combined. Fold in nuts and drained dates.
Transfer batter to prepared pan and top with reserved nuts.
Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until inserted toothpick in the center comes out almost clean.
Allow bread to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove bread from pan and cool completely.