Grandma’s Date Nut Bread

Grandma Rose's Date Nut Bread

I’m here to make an official announcement.  Very official.


Today is the official start of the Christmas season.  Let it be known throughout the world that you can deck the halls, hang the stockings, and light the log {as in yule.  Yule log.  Not a log.  I don’t have a log…}

Okay, I’ll admit that I started decorating for Christmas even before Thanksgiving.  Yes.  I am one of those folks.  Plus, it was going to be an absolutely cuh-razy {that’s right, not just crazy but cuh-razy} weekend so I got a head start.  I did deck the tree out in fall swag though.  Festive for either occasion.


I have since switched the decorations on the tree to Christmas ornaments and packed away all of the fall decor but my very official announcement is not because of that.

Two things have to happen for to be Christmas in this house.


1…I HAVE to make my Grandma Rose’s Date Nut Bread and

2…I HAVE to hear The Carpenters on the radio.  Okay it was on my iPhone through iheartradio but same thing.

Grandma Rose's Date Nut Bread

Both of those things happened today and at the same time so that’s gotta be something extra special, right!?  Yep.  Extra special.

Go turn on the radio or iPhone {because who has a radio anymore!?} to some holiday tunes and whip up a batch of this bread.  Be careful if you are the grinchy type.  This may just grow your heart two sizes.

Grandma's Date Nut Bread
Recipe type: Bread
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  • 1 lb. dates (about 3 cups before chopped)
  • 2 tsp. shortening
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and generously grease 5-6 empty soup cans. Do NOT use cooking spray. It hasn't turned out well when I've tried.
  2. Chop dates and place in a large bowl. Drop in the shortening.
  3. While the water comes to a boil mix the flour, sugar, soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Set aside.
  4. Pour boiling water over the dates and shortening. Stir in the dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
  5. Mix in the eggs and vanilla.
  6. Fold in the walnuts.
  7. Fill the soup cans half full and bake for 50-60 minutes.


  1. “tis the season to be Merry”

    ‘hey, that’s my name!’

    “no $#!t?”


    happy holidays!!

  2. Looks wonderful!

  3. Haven’t started decorating yet, but most likely will this weekend. My wife has her certain decorations that always go up.

    As for the baking, it’s the traditional fruit cake for us. Yum yum!

  4. Absolutely love it…Your tree is gorgeous & the bread ain’t bad either! For me it’s Brenda Lee’s Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.. it’s mandatory ; ) And then there’s my Grandma’s Divinity, Fruitcake and Fudge… In that order! xoxo

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