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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Cranberry Date Nut Loaf

If you need a break from all the super sweet stuff over the holidays, just sit down with a cup of coffee and a slice of Cranberry Date Nut Loaf smeared with butter. 

3 cups hot coffee or boiling water
2 1/4 cups chopped dates
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsps vegetable oil
4 tsps vanilla extract
4 cups flour
4 tsps baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups chopped walnuts
1 cup dried cranberries

Start by chopping the dates. It says chop, but I find snipping them with kitchen scissors easier. Then pour hot coffee over them in a bowl and let stand for 15 minutes.

Beat the sugar, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla together in a large bowl on medium high speed for 3 minutes. Mix the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder together. Add this and the dates with their liquid to the sugar mixture alternating until all is combined. Stir in the walnuts and cranberries.

Oil baking pans before pouring the batter in. I used 8 - 3 X 2" minis and 4 - 3 X 5" small loaves. 

Bake at 350°F
Minis will take about 30 minutes and the small loaves will need 45 minutes to bake.

The internal temperature should read 190°F. Cool 10 minutes before removing and cool completely on racks.

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