1.14.2014

great grandma's date nut bread.

my great grandma (on my mother's side) always made sweet date nut bread for holidays. as a child i didn't fully appreciate the bread (passing it up for frosted sugar cookies and other Christmas treats) but now it's one of my favorite things to bake! and bonus it's healthy-ish too (with no butter and only 1 tablespoon of shortening) the majority of the fat is found in the nuts (but that's good fat, right?!)




METHOD: pour boiling water over dates and let stand while preparing other ingredients. beat egg until light (i used 1/4 cup of liquid eggs as a sub and shook the carton instead of beating). add sugar gradually and sift together flour (don't have a sifter? whisk flour in a separate bowl and measure again). add sifted (or whisked) flour with baking soda and baking powder. stir in nuts (i used macadamia nuts but this tastes great with walnuts too!) add the dates (with water) to the rest of the mixture. add the egg, stir in the shortening and vanilla. pour into a 10 x 5 x 3 loaf pan. bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hours. after baking store in the fridge - it taste great cold. 

enjoy! 
xo, 
jillian

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14 comments:

  1. Thank you thank you thank you! Haha...I am a carb freak and trying to get back into the groove of my workout routines so it doesn't help when all the yummy breakfast muffins and breads are packed with unhealthy ingredients and I can't eat them. BUT, this recipe really does look wonderful and kudos for a healthier version :) Might need to whip this up for next week's workweek. Thanks for sharing!
    Linh
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  2. This looks and sounds really good! I bet it makes your house smell like heaven as it's baking. Mmm! Thanks for sharing, Jillian!

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  3. You know it's a Grandmothers recipe when there is Crisco involved ;-) Looks delicious!

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  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Will definitely have to try it. And I love your cannisters!

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  5. I found out over the holidays that a stick of Crisco is the key ingredient in John's dad's famous cookies–thank goodness for judicious uses of the stuff!

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  6. I am so excited about this recipe. It sounds amazing and I can not wait to try it! Thanks, love. xoxo

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  7. mmm! nice job...and thanks grandma!

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  8. Yum, yum, yum!
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  9. Ooh this looks so so good, Jillian! Bookmarking for sure. Happy Tuesday!

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  10. Aw, this sounds delicious. I love the history behind it, too.

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  11. looks yummy! my great granny made Apple Dapple and one of these days I'm going to make it. It's like an apple bread.

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  12. This looks so yum! I love old recipes...they are always the best :) Oh, and shortening helps too ;)

    Xo, Julia
    http://www.georgiapeachmommy.blogspot.com

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  13. This looks so good, I may just have to bake it up this weekend!

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  14. oh yum I love dates! might have to try this weekend :)

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mucho thanks for the blog love! xo

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