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I was talking to my mom the other day about our favorite holiday desserts and I told her I can't stop making her grandma's date nut bread. She agreed that it's one of her favorites, but suggested a few ways to mix up the recipe with different ingredients -- including swapping out the dates for cherries. I decided to take her advice and try the new recipe and it was delicious! Lately when I bake I like to have my Intel 2 in 1 in the kitchen so I can look over my recipe, and listen to Josh Groban's holiday station on Pandora. The Acer Aspire Switch Intel 2 in 1 is a laptop that easily converts into a tablet device with two different stand positions -- tent or display (featured below). The device doesn't take up a ton of room on my counter and it weighs less than 1.5 lbs, making it easy to move around. I also like the touchscreen feature, which makes it easy to switch between tasks while I am busy in the kitchen.
-1 cup dried cherries
-1 cup chopped almonds
-1 1/2 cups boiling water
-3/4 cup sugar
-2 1/4 cups sifted flour
-2 teaspoons baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
-1 tablespoon melted shortening
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 teaspoon vanilla
METHOD: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Pour boiling water over dried cherries and let them rehydrate while preparing other ingredients. Beat egg until light. 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 almonds, add the cherries (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!
What is your favorite holiday dessert?-xo-