As requested by bear on Boston Board. My Grandma got this recipe from her friend years ago; I still have the original handwritten recipe on paper that's yellowed, stained and fragile with wear, so you know it's good....
I broke it into steps because the 15-minute wait time is critical and the steps work best for me.
BEA'S DATE NUT BREAD
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350. Grease & flour loaf pan.
Step 2: Prepare…
¾ cup boiling coffee
Step 3: Mix together…
¾ cup chopped nuts
1 pk. dates, cut up long
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup shortening (or I use softened butter)
Step 4: Add hot coffee to above mixture & let sit for 15 minutes.
Step 5: In separate bowl mix together…
2 eggs, beaten slightly
½ tsp. vanilla
1 ½ cup sifted flour
Step 6: Add egg/flour mixture to date mixture and stir to blend; pour into loaf pan.
Bake 350 for 1 hour.
I love this bread toasted and spread with cream cheese. Good luck!