Dommy’s Date and Nut Loaf

This simple, lightly sweetened quick bread is crammed with fruit and nuts, perfect for a tea party. I use unbleached Daisy Flour from Arva Flour Mills near London, Ontario. It imparts a wholesome flavour my partner describes as “not like white bread.”

2 cups                                   chopped dates

1 cup                                     boiling water

1/3 cup                                 unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 ½ cups                               granulated cane sugar

2                                             large eggs, beaten

4 cups                                   all-purpose flour

2 tsp                                      baking soda

1/4 tsp                                  salt

1 cup                                     chopped walnuts or pecans

Grease and flour two 9- x 5-inch loaf pans; set aside. In a medium bowl, pour the boiling water over the chopped dates. Add the butter and stir until the butter is melted. Add the sugar and eggs. Mix well to combine. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; make a well in the centre. Pour the date mixture into the well and stir just until all ingredients are combined. Fold in the walnuts. Divide the batter evenly into the two prepared loaf pans. Bake in a 325° F oven until the top of each loaf is firm and a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, about one hour.

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