An Old-fashioned Date Nut Bread

| 1/7/2014 8:35:00 AM

Tags: Baking, Vintage Cookbooks, Homemaking, Erin Sheehan,

On a cold winter day nothing beats a good book and the promise of something delicious baking in the oven. Last week when the blizzard hit us I couldn’t resist making a sweet bread using an old-fashioned recipe.

Since my mom let me borrow Grandma’s recipe files I’ve enjoyed reading through her recipes and picking out ones to try. Mom also loaned me a copy of 200 Years of Favorite Recipes from Delaware County, published by the local senior council in 1990. Lately I’ve been comparing Grandma’s recipes to the ones I’ve found in this book.

A generous neighbor gave us a bag of Valencia oranges just after Christmas so I thought I’d try to find a way to use a few. I found a recipe for “Meredith Inn Orange Date Bread” in the 200 Years… cookbook.

Meredith Inn Orange Date Bread

The Meredith Inn burned down more than 60 years ago but its recipes live on. This particular recipe originally appeared in Adventures in Good Cooking, published in 1939. Grandma had a very similar recipe (she called it a receipt) for “Date and Nut Bread.” The only real difference is the orange juice/rind and Grandma’s recipe had no added fat while the Inn used 2 tablespoons butter.

Grandma's recipe

1/9/2014 11:08:52 AM

Thanks, Sarah! Let me know how it comes out, I hope you like it!

1/7/2014 12:07:54 PM

Erin, that bread sounds and looks delicious! I may just have to give this recipe a try this weekend. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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