An old-fashioned date bread recipe made with butter, eggs, pecans, and chopped dates and baked in a loaf pan. Serve this quick bread for breakfast, brunch, or as a dessert.
I happen to love dates. They are sweet, chewy, and nutty. This recipe is from my mom’s recipe box collection and I still make it today. Besides this recipe, I have a special fondness for date pinwheel cookies and filled date cookies.
Bring back the memories of sitting at Grandma’s house and enjoy a warm slice of this delicious date bread. Let the wonderful aroma of fresh baked date nut bread fill your home. This bread is not as sweet as you might think it would be. Instead it has a natural sweetness about it that stems from the dates. Try it warm right out of the oven with some butter.
Remember, this is an old retro recipe, so just buy the dates from the baking isle in the grocery store. Save those expensive dates and enjoy them on their own.
This is also referred to as date cake, date loaf and date nut cake.
This brunch recipe makes enough for 2 loaves of quick bread. Make one for yourself and send one home with your guests. By making two loaves at once you can save time in the kitchen. These loaves also freeze well for up to 2 months.
You can also thinly slice one of the loaves of this bread and serve it for a tea party or brunch buffet with this cream cheese spread on top.
“Turns out great but it really would have made a nicer looking loaf if it were baked in 8 x 4″ pans. The loaves were a bit small.” – Suzanne C. via FB
My response: That sounds like a great idea! Double check the length, height, and width measurements of your loaf pans to make sure you know their true sizes. Your loaves may not turn out as you hoped if the pan size is slightly different.
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Old-Fashioned Date Bread Recipe
- 16 ounces dates, chopped (I used 2-8 ounce packages of Dole California whole pitted dates)
- 2 Cups boiling water
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Cups sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 3 Cups flour
- 2 Teaspoons baking soda
- 1 Cup walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional)
- Chop the dates into ½" pieces with a kitchen scissors. Place chopped dates in a medium mixing bowl and pour the 2 cups of boiling water over the dates. Let stand for 30 minutes to soften the dates.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 (9" x 5" x 3") loaf pans.
- In a separate large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs.
- Add the dates and water.
- Stir in the flour and baking soda and mix just until incorporated.
- Stir in the chopped nuts.
- Divide batter in half and spread into two loaf pans.
- Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Serve date nut bread plain or with butter on top, just slightly warm for breakfast or brunch.
Makes 8-12 servings.