date nut loaf

date nut loaf 2

When I was a kid, I didn’t have many independent food preferences; I just absorbed my family’s dislikes as my own. My mom didn’t like coconut, so I didn’t like coconut – never mind that I can’t remember ever trying it. I remember one particularly foolish phase in which my brother didn’t like tomatoes, so I didn’t like tomatoes. Tomatoes! One of the best foods ever!

It seems I’ve developed my own opinions, because my older sister and brother both love dates. They think they’re like candy. I think they’re sickly sweet unless stuffed with tangy goat cheese and wrapped in salty bacon.

date nut loaf 1

Maybe sweet candy-like dried fruit chopped up into cake would be good? After all, aren’t chocolate chips just chopped up candy? Dates, however, are not chocolate chips. Chocolate chips are delicious pockets of rich bitter and sweetness. Dates are tooth-achingly sweet, even in cake. On the other hand, at least there was cake to eat. Never in my life have I – or anyone in my family – disliked cake.

date nut loaf 4

Mary chose this “loaf” (pound cake? quick bread?) for Tuesdays with Dorie, and she has the recipe posted. I increased the salt slightly and substituted almonds for some of the walnuts.

One year ago: Rum-Drenched Vanilla Cake
Two years ago: Coconut Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise
Three years ago: Mixed Berry Cobbler

date nut loaf 3

Comments

  1. branny says:

    I LOVE dates. But just like 2 at a time. My mother in law has a famous datenut bread recipe but my husband doesn’t like the sound of datenut so he’s never asked me to reproduce his family recipe. I bet this would be a good recipe to use whole wheat flour in.

  2. Jen says:

    This cake looks absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous pictures!

  3. Dave says:

    You should wrap the cake in bacon. mmm…bacon…

  4. Nicole says:

    I love dates and this recipe was wonderful. Your photos are beautiful.

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