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                               DATE NUT BREAD
 
 Recipe By     :   BAKERS' DOZEN (MARION CUNNINGHAM) SHOW #BD1A02
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    :
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1      cup           pitted chopped dates
    1      cup           coarsely chopped walnuts
    1 1/2  teaspoons     baking soda
      1/2  teaspoon      salt
    3      tablespoons   vegetable shortening
      3/4  cup           boiling water
    2                    eggs
      3/4  cup           sugar
      1/2  cup           whole wheat flour
    1      cup           all-purpose flour
 
 Preheat the oven to 350.
 Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3 inch loaf pan.
 Put the dates, walnuts, baking soda, salt and shortening in a bowl. Pour the
 boiling water over
 and stir. Let the mixture stand for 15 minutes.
 Using a fork, beat the eggs and sugar together in a bowl. Add the flours and
 stir; the batter will be
 too stiff to mix well. Add the date mixture and mix briskly until the batter
 is well blended. Spoon
 into the loaf pan and bake 40 to 50 minutes. Check the loaf often; it is
 done when a few moist
 crumbs cling to a straw inserted in the middle of the loaf. The bread will
 continue to bake after it
 is removed from the oven. Do not overbake, or the loaf will be dry.
 When the loaf is done, slide a knife around the edges of the pan and turn
 the loaf onto a rack to
 cool completely. This bread freezes well.
 Yield: 1 loaf
 
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