This date nut loaf recipe is direct from ‘Three Meals a Day’ by Jessie Read – Canadian Home Economist and Food editor for the Toronto Star. It was originally published in 1938 and the recipes reflect a much simpler time when it was pretty standard for home-baked goods to be part of what you served your family.
I love cooking with dates always keep them in my pantry. They are super nutritious, contain several vitamins and nutrients, and have a relatively high fiber count. They are also very naturally sweet and somewhat high in calories per serving, but the natural sweetness means a lot less sugar is required for this recipe for a very flavourful loaf.
This recipe includes walnuts – but you could easily change this up depending on your preference.
- 1 cup dates chopped
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp butter
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp orange or lemon zest (optional)
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan with butter or non stick spray.
- Add boiling water to chopped dates and stir in baking soda. Stir to let the soda blend in as the hot water softens up the dates. Let cool slightly.
- Beat egg separately and add to cooled date mixture. Fold in the butter, brown sugar, orange or lemon zest (if using), and walnuts
- In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Fold the flour mixture into date mixture and blend well with a whisk or fork. Once blended evenly fold mixture into loaf pan.
- Bake for about 45 minutes or until toothpick or fork comes out dry.