I have recently rediscovered my love for dates. I regularly shop at Trader Joes and when I do I will buy a container of their chocolate covered cranberries or their raspberry sticks, which are covered in chocolate. I like to purchase these items so that I have a small treat around the house to satisfy a sweet craving rather than indulging in say a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard from Dairy Queen. It usually works but my new favorite treat I have discovered at Trader Joes are dates. In the produce section they have a package of approximately 25 dates that is easy to grab and store in the refrigerator and pluck a date or two out when the need for sweet is upon me. I know that Trader Joes is not the only place to get dates, it is just the place where I rediscovered them. I would also like to add that my 2 year old son will not touch the dates. He will eat a prune but under no circumstances will he even taste the date, I don't get it.
The recipe I want to share today I have not made yet (will do a follow-up post with a full report on the outcome). It is a bran and date bread straight out of Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. Sounds healthy… or at least good for the colon, right Dr. Crystal?
Quick Bran Date Bread
2 cups chopped dates
2 cups boiling water
¾ cup brown sugar or ½ cup molasses
2 cups whole grain flour (divided)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups bran
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts
Preheat the oven to 350®
Combine the dates and the boiling water. Set aside.
Beat eggs and slowly add the brown sugar or molasses.
Add 1 CUP of the flour and the baking powder and baking soda to the egg mixture.
Add half of the date mixture and the remaining cup of the flour, the bran, and the vanilla.
Add the rest of the date mixture and the nuts.
Place the dough in two lightly greased loaf pans.
Bake for 1 hour.