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Catholic Recipe: Date and Nut Bread


  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or filberts
  • 1 cup snipped pitted dates
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour


Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 1 day, 2 hours

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+



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Remembering St. Paul the Hermit's desert date palm and the bread the raven brought him, it might be fitting to bake a loaf of date and nut bread on his feast day, January 15.


Mix first 4 ingredients with fork. Add shortening and water. Let stand 20 minutes. Beat eggs with fork. Add flavoring, sugar, and flour, beating with fork. Add date mixture, mixing just to blend. Pour into greased 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350┬░ for approximately 1 hour, or until done. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove to rack. Do not slice until following day.

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965