My eldest brother is one of my most favorite people in my life. He has a boisterous laugh and a personality that fills any room. When I was little he used to pretend to send my letters to Santa and in return I would make him Rush and AC/DC stickers out of sticky labels my 2nd grade teacher would give me. He has given me advice, remained young at heart and has been by my side forever. We have weathered our shares of storms, losses and failures but we also have had numerous celebrations together; winning a ton of tickets at whack-a-mole, having children, watching each other graduated from college, learning to drive a manual (not so good on my end), road trips and birthdays. This Sunday is his.
His wish is to go float, so we are, I am more than thrilled to be able to give him that experience along with a homemade cake. Its the least I can do afterall he’s been there for almost all my break-ups, my teenage angst and my many other annoying little sister habits/situations. Happiest Birthdays to you, Brian! May this year find you new adventures, incredible happiness and more loaves of date nut bread! We love you.
In honor of his birthday I thought I would share one of his favorite quick bread recipes, something that he remembers fondly from his childhood. I was introduced to this Date Nut Bread recipe by (his) mom on a recent trip here to the PNW, she made it several times in her short stay and since being handed down the recipe we too have made it several more times in the span of a few weeks. Lucy is a gigantic fan of muffins so we gave it a go in tins, if doing the same I would highly recommend using liners as this a very sticky, gooey bread, I however, prefer it as a loaf as the recipes states.
Date Nut Bread
3/4 C chopped nuts (we used walnuts)
1 C chopped dates (medjools)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C butter
3/4 C boiling water
1 tsp vanilla
1 C sugar
1 1/2 C sifted all purpose flour
For a gluten free bread
substitute all purpose flour for
1 C oat flour
1/2 C quinoa flakes or flour
Combine nuts, dates, soda and salt in a mixing bowl. Add butter and boiling water; let mixture stand for 15 minutes. Stir to blend. In a separate bowl beat the eggs slightly, add the vanilla. Stir in the sugar and add the sifted flour. Add this to the date mixture. Do not over mix. Place in a loaf pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Cool before removing.