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National Date-Nut Bread Day is September 8th

September 7, 2008

Date-Nut Bread reminds me of that canned moist bread you could purchase at the grocery store, yes it is actually canned, like a can of baked beans while date-nut bread also reminds me of fruit cake. I will tell you this, date-nut bread is quite different from both. This is one of those quick breads which in this case, are slightly moist and oh so good for you!

Date Nut Bread
Yield: Makes 12 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold butter
1 cup toasted chopped walnuts
1cup chopped dates
1-1/4cups milk
1egg
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Directions:
Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 9X5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
2. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add walnuts and dates; stir until coated. Beat milk, egg and lemon peel in small bowl with fork. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Spread in prepared pan.
3.Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
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Other Important tidbits of history on this Date, September 8th

Feast of St. Adrian of Nicomedia, patron of butchers – click on link to go to wikipedia.com to learn about St. Adrian – oddly enough tomorrow is Steak Au Poivre Day.

1621 Prince Louis II de Condé, known as the Great Condé, was born. He was a French general who loved to hunt and had a passion for rice. Several dishes have been named for him, including Consommé Condé and Creme Condé.

1636 The Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony established Harvard College (New College), the first college in the Americas.

1930 Richard Drew invented Scotch tape.

1966 The first episode of the TV show ‘Star Trek’ airs. Chemically synthesized food on the Enterprise – we seem to be getting close to that now.

1978 ‘Grease’ by Frankie Valli is #1 on the charts

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