Grandmas Date-Nut Bread Recipe

  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons butter, or as needed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 7 pitted prunes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, well-beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Put raisins in a bowl. Pour boiling water over raisins; soak until raisins have flavored the water, about 20 minutes. Drain raisins, reserving the water. Discard raisins.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a loaf pan with butter.
  3. Bring reserved water to a boil in a small saucepan. Measure 3/4 cup boiling water into a bowl. Stir baking soda into water.
  4. Put dates and prunes in a large bowl. Pour baking powder-water over dates and prunes; add unsalted butter and stir until melted. Stir sugar and vanilla extract into the fruit mixture; let cool to room temperature.
  5. Stir egg into the fruit mixture to evenly coat. Mix flour and salt together in a small bowl; add to fruit mixture and stir. Fold walnuts into the mixture and pour into the prepared loaf pan.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 65 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.