Saturday, December 26, 2009

Date Nut Bread

3/4 cup nuts, chopped
1 cup dates, chopped
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup boiling water
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 cup sugar

Combine the nuts, dates, soda and salt in mixing bowl. Add shortening
and boiling water. Allow the mixture to stand for 15 minutes. Stir
to blend. In another bowl, beat eggs slightly; add vanilla; stir in
sifted flour and sugar - add this to the date mixture. Do not
over-mix. Place in a greased 9x5" loaf pan. Bake 1 hour at 350.
When done, toothpick inserted in center will come out clean. Cool
before removing. Loosen sides with spatula. For perfect slicing,
cool for several hours.

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