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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion
~ Date Nut Bread ~
2--8 oz pkgs chopped dates
1 1/4 cups apple juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 325F.
Combine dates and apple juice in a medium
microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave
on high 2 minutes or until juice is hot. Let
mixture stand 5 minutes. In a large bowl, beat
sugars, egg, melted butter, and vanilla until
smooth. Reserving dates, drain apple juice
into sugar mixture; beat until well blended.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder,
and salt. Add dry ingredients to sugar mixture;
beat just until blended. Stir in dates and walnuts.
Spoon batter into 2 greased 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch loaf
pans. Bake about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted
in center of bread comes out with a few crumbs clinging.
Cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes. Transfer loaves
to wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.
Makes 2 loaves
For gift giving, wrap loaves with Saran Wrap.
Embellish with Christmas greenery and ribbon.
Add to gift basket. Add gift tag.
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