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This was my mother's recipe which has been modified from her great grandmother's. My mother's family is from Great Britain and Germany so they brought tea time and a love of spicy sweets with them and this is the result.


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20 mins
1 hr 15 mins
30 mins
2 hrs 5 mins
10 servings


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and dust a 9x5-inch loaf pan with white sugar.

  • Combine dates, sugar, molasses, and butter in a large bowl. Pour tea over date mixture and mix well; set aside to cool, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Whisk all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, nutmeg, cardamom, and white pepper together in a bowl.

  • Stir egg and vanilla extract into cooled date mixture. Add 1/3 the flour mixture to the date mixture; mix well. Repeat 2 more times with remaining flour mixture until batter is just combined; fold in walnuts. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a knife inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean, about 1 1/4 hours. Cool in pan for 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Note:

If you don't have the all the spices on hand substitute pumpkin or apple pie spice. Spelt flour can be substituted for the whole wheat flour. Anise can be substituted for cardamom.

Nutrition Facts

350 calories; protein 6.2g; carbohydrates 64.9g; fat 9.1g; cholesterol 24.7mg; sodium 217.1mg. Full Nutrition