Date Nut Loaf from Van de Kamps

Updated January 09, 2023


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Published by Santa Monica Press

Date Nut Loaf
Date Nut Loaf
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Editor's Note: This homemade bread recipe is so simple to make that you won't mind a bit when your family begins requesting it all the time! You can keep the ingredients for Van de Kamp's Date Nut Loaf on hand at all times so that you can make this sweet quick bread recipe at a moment's notice. We suggest serving a slice of this homemade bread warm with a pat of butter for a truly delicious afternoon treat. This lightly sweetened bread is the ideal accompaniment for a cup of tea or coffee, or even a glass of milk! 

Serves6 to 8

Cooking MethodBaking


Total TimeUnder 3 Hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Type of DishBread


  • 4 oz pitted dates, chopped fine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  2. In a saucepan on medium heat, combine dates and water together, bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and use a hand blender to puree the mixture.

  3. Return to low heat and add brown sugar and butter. Stir until sugar melts. Remove from heat.

  4. Temper the beaten egg with some of the warm mixture, then whisk in egg to the rest of the mixture being careful not to overheat and scramble the egg. Add the salt and walnut pieces.

  5. In a bowl, whisk flour and baking powder together, into warm mixture. By hand mix only until the batter is smooth.

  6. Pour into a 8-inch by 4-inch loaf pan, sprayed with a non-stick spray. Place in preheated oven and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from the oven and cover immediately and tightly with aluminum foil for at least one hour before slicing. This bread is great slathered in butter while still warm.


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