This is my favorite recipe around the holidays. The combinations I thought up work very well together. The recipe originally was my grandmother's. I added the dates and everyone was wild about it.



Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

  • Sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, and cloves together in a bowl.

  • Mix buttermilk and vanilla extract together in a small bowl.

  • Beat sugar and shortening in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Beat in pumpkin puree. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk mixture, beating batter briefly after each addition.

  • Fold dates into the batter. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

352 calories; 10.3 g total fat; 47 mg cholesterol; 579 mg sodium. 61.3 g carbohydrates; 5.3 g protein; Full Nutrition