Crosse & Blackwell Date Nut Bread

This is delicious sliced with cream cheese. It keeps very well at room temperature and freezes just as well.


  • About 1 pound pitted, chopped dates
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups hot tap water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (or whatever other nuts you prefer)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F and grease well 8 (15 ounce) cans with tops removed.
  2. Mix dates, baking soda, butter and water together in a large bowl; let cool a bit. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Fill cans halfway. Place on a large baking sheet and bake for one hour; check with a wooden pick at 50 minutes because ovens vary so much.
  4. Leave in cans at least ten minutes before "shaking" out.
  5. Finish cooling on racks.

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