This is the recipe for date-nut bread that my grandmother always made around Christmas time. Definitely a family favorite! For best results don't use a glass pan.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Put raisins in a bowl. Pour boiling water over raisins; soak until raisins have flavored the water, about 20 minutes. Drain raisins, reserving the water. Discard raisins.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a loaf pan with butter.

  • Bring reserved water to a boil in a small saucepan. Measure 3/4 cup boiling water into a bowl. Stir baking soda into water.

  • Put dates and prunes in a large bowl. Pour baking soda-water over dates and prunes; add unsalted butter and stir until melted. Stir sugar and vanilla extract into the fruit mixture; let cool to room temperature.

  • Stir egg into the fruit mixture to evenly coat. Mix flour and salt together in a small bowl; add to fruit mixture and stir. Fold walnuts into the mixture and pour into the prepared loaf pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 65 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Cook's Note:

Pecans can be used in place of walnuts, based on personal preference.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the raisins. The actual amount of the nutritional contribution of the raisins will vary.

Nutrition Facts

306 calories; 11.6 g total fat; 27 mg cholesterol; 216 mg sodium. 49 g carbohydrates; 4.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2015
Absolutely delicious! I'm feeling a bit of nostalgia, as I eat my third piece of this bread. It's just like my Mom used to make. I should mention that I did not use the prunes, as I had exactly 1 cup of chopped dates left in a bag and about 6 whole dates, that I just chopped up and subbed for the prunes. My teenage daughter arrived from school and asked "what's in this bread? Are those chocolate chips?" ... (Me) "No, those are dates" . . . (Her) "why do you always put weird stuff in there, you know I don't like that stuff?" . . . (she takes a piece anyway). Five minutes later she takes another piece . . . (Me) "I thought you didn't like that weird stuff in there?" . . . (Her) "I don't!" (takes another piece). Enough said, it's delicious whether she will admit it or not. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2017
The recipe calls for baking soda until you get to step 4 where it says baking powder. I didn't know which was the right one so I went with the first. The bread is tasty but crumbles. Don't know if it's because of the baking soda/powder mix up. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2015
Absolutely delicious! I'm feeling a bit of nostalgia, as I eat my third piece of this bread. It's just like my Mom used to make. I should mention that I did not use the prunes, as I had exactly 1 cup of chopped dates left in a bag and about 6 whole dates, that I just chopped up and subbed for the prunes. My teenage daughter arrived from school and asked "what's in this bread? Are those chocolate chips?" ... (Me) "No, those are dates" . . . (Her) "why do you always put weird stuff in there, you know I don't like that stuff?" . . . (she takes a piece anyway). Five minutes later she takes another piece . . . (Me) "I thought you didn't like that weird stuff in there?" . . . (Her) "I don't!" (takes another piece). Enough said, it's delicious whether she will admit it or not. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2015
Absolutely delicious! I'm feeling a bit of nostalgia, as I eat my third piece of this bread. It's just like my Mom used to make. I should mention that I did not use the prunes, as I had exactly 1 cup of chopped dates left in a bag and about 6 whole dates, that I just chopped up and subbed for the prunes. My teenage daughter arrived from school and asked "what's in this bread? Are those chocolate chips?" ... (Me) "No, those are dates" . . . (Her) "why do you always put weird stuff in there, you know I don't like that stuff?" . . . (she takes a piece anyway). Five minutes later she takes another piece . . . (Me) "I thought you didn't like that weird stuff in there?" . . . (Her) "I don't!" (takes another piece). Enough said, it's delicious whether she will admit it or not. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2016
I love date bread and this one is delicious. I used all dates in place of the prunes and it is chock full of dates and nuts. Just how I like it. Deep rich flavor. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2016
Best date nut bread! Outdoes my own grandmother's! Very moist and delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2015
A wonderful recipe that reminded me of my grandmother stated that bread. The addition of the prune was unusual but good. I'll be making this a lot more. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2017
Yes!!! Love the old-fashioned taste especially with unsweetened applesauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2016
Thanks for posting this recipe!! I really do love this bread! It is moist & dense. It makes the perfect breakfast bread or perhaps it's dessert at breakfast when we spread whipped cream cheese on top of our slices after toasting them to carmelize all the sugary fruits. Recipe is great. Only thing I modify is I don't soak & throw away raisins but use dried cranberries and just pour water with baking soda over all the dried fruit I combine in my initial big bowl (cranberries dried figs dates). I tend to make 2-3 at a time & give as gifts while we keep one to plow into. It keeps well over days & days wrapped in press n' seal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2018
This date nut bread was delicious. Moist good texture and perfect flavors. I didn't change a thing and I will definitely make this again. A slice of date nut bread a slather of cream cheese and a cup of tea. Perfect! Thanks Grandma Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2018
It took awhile to make...Prep time was more than stated... But after all that... It was very good... My wife even said it was amazing... That was a high complement because I don t bake very well... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2018
Made this exactly as the recipe and it was amazing! Chock full of fruit and nuts with a deep rich flavor. Nice and moist! Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2017
The recipe calls for baking soda until you get to step 4 where it says baking powder. I didn't know which was the right one so I went with the first. The bread is tasty but crumbles. Don't know if it's because of the baking soda/powder mix up. Read More