---Alice Abrams

Monday, January 21, 2008

Manic Monday - Date

1 cup boiling water
8 ounces chopped dates
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2 1/4 cups flour, stir before measuring
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Pour boiling water over dates in a medium bowl; add butter and set aside. With mixer, beat sugars and egg until light. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the sugar mixture, alternating with the date and water mixture. Stir in chopped nuts. Bake at 325° for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

The first thing that came to my mind for this week's word was "Date Shakes." We used to travel to Palm Springs when I was a kid, and the Coachella Valley is known for it's date trees (or used to be before the onslaught of buildings and housing developments!). I remember sitting in the back seat, sweltering (in the days before A/C normally came in cars) passing all of those signs beckoning with promises of the "Best Date Shakes in the World." To me, they represented relief from the heat, and who could help but love a milkshake!

Date Nut Bread is easy to make and is a change from the more familiar Banana Nut Bread. Make and enjoy...

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Linda said...

I've never been much for dates myself so I'm not so sure I'd care for a date shake at all. Unless, of course, it was a shake that I got to drink while on a date!

Not that I remember what a date is it's been so darned long since I've had one! That goes for the kind you eat or the kind you go on with a member of the opposite sex!

Loving Annie said...

I have medjool dates downstairs in the kitchen, and I LOVE them ! That bread sounds good to make, Gracie - thank you for the recipe :)

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

How did I miss this yesterday? I was here? Maybe you posted later in the day. Anyway, now I'm hungry. Sounds good. Hope you had a wonderful MM. :)

Travis said...

I've never actually had dates...I mean the fruit.

Mo said...

A date shake sounds AWESOME!

Desert Songbird said...

That sign for best shakes is still around. I see it every time we drive through on our way to SoCal.