NATIONAL DATE NUT BREAD DAY
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Recipe of the Day
Name: Old Fashioned Date Nut Bread
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total Prep: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 1 loaf
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup boiling water
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
Mix dates, nuts, soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add shortening and boiling water. Stir until shortening melts. Let stand 20 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add sugar and flour gradually. Stir until well incorporated.
Bake in a 350°F oven for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Let stand, wrapped for 24 hours or longer before slicing.
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