Date Nut Loaf (2 loaves)
3 cups sifted flour
1-1/2 cups boiling water
3 t. baking soda
1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter
1/2 t. salt
2 cups pitted dates
1-1/2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
2 t. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350.
Sift flour, baking soda, & salt. Cut up the dates & combine
boiling water & butter. Let stand 15 minutes. Beat the eggs
& gradually add
brown sugar & vanilla. Mix in flour mixture until smooth. Stir
in date mixture
until just blended. Turn in two 9" buttered loaf pans. Bake 1 hour,
or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pans on a rack
then remove. Let cool 4 hours before freezing. The loaf may be
sliced before freezing or frozen whole. Wrap, seal, label, & freeze.
Line pan with waxed paper or parchment paper on the
bottom & butter again.
Doesn't leave a thick crust that way.
Serve slices spread with fresh butter, to serve with tea.
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