When I was growing up, my mom and I would love to eat date nut bread with cream cheese- and then it seemed to disappear- one of those old fashioned recipes that no one makes anymore. It took a few tries, but I came up with this recipe that tastes just like I remember it from childhood.
Makes one loaf
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pitted dates
1 cup water
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup light unsulphured molasses
4 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick ) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts
Grease and lightly flour a 9x5x3- inch loaf pan.
In a medium-size saucepan, over medium- high heat, combine the dates, water, sugar, molasses and butter. Cover and bring to a boil. When the mixture comes to a boil, remove from the heat, transfer to a heat proof bowl, and allow to come to room temperature, about 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
When the date mixture has cooled, place in a blender, and process until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat well. Add the dry ingredients and stir until well incorporated, but do not over beat. Stir in the walnuts.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before serving.