Beer Can Date Bread

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  • 8 empty beer cans
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 cup dates
  • 2 cups beer
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup pecans


  1. Remove tops from beer cans with can opener; lightly oil insides.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda on dates. Heat beer to boiling and pour over date mixture; set aside to cool.
  3. Cream butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and eggs. Stir in flour. Add nuts and cooled date mixture. Spoon batter into cans, filling only 1/2 full.
  4. Bake with cans standing up on cookie sheet, at 350 degrees F for 15 to 30 minutes; look for tops to split and test for doneness.
  5. Do not cut bread for 1 day as the bread may crumble if it is sliced while still warm.

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