Old Fashion Recipes for Walnut Breads: Walnut Date Loaf and Orange Walnut Bread

Walking into the house to the smell of fresh baked bread always brings to mind memories of grandma's house or coming home hungry after school and knowing mom had been spending time in the kitchen. Following are a couple of old recipes retrieved from my mother's old tin recipe box that I got when she passed away. Walnut date loaf and orange walnut bread can both be made with pecans, if you don't like walnuts. However, walnuts have known health benefits and we could all stand to eat more of them. Also, both of these breads make good gift breads. Give as hostess gifts, take to the office, wrap in plastic wrap, tie with a pretty bow and give for Christmas gifts, etc.

ORANGE-WALNUT BREAD

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
shredded peel of 1 orange
5 tsp double-acting baking powder
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup salad oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, with fork, mix flour and walnuts, sugar, salt, orange peel, and baking powder. In a small bowl, with fork, beat eggs slightly; stir in milk and salad oil. Stir into flour mixture just until flour is moistened. Pour batter into a 9x5" loaf pan. Bake one hour and twenty minutes or until bread pulls away from sides of pan. Cool in pan on wire rack for ten minutes; remove from pan and cool completely on rack. Makes one loaf of bread. NOTE: Diabetics can enjoy this bread by replacing 1 cup of the sugar with Splenda granular.

WALNUT-DATE LOAF BREAD

1 cup chopped dates
1 cup boiling water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped walnuts

In a mixing bowl, combine the dates, water, and oil. Let stand for 10 minutes; do not drain. Add the brown sugar, egg and vanilla; mix well. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir flour mixture into the date mixture just until combined. Do not beat. Fold in walnuts. Transfer batter into a greased 8-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 65 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool ten minutes before removing from pan. Finish cooling on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

The Author:

Grandma Linda is a collector of vintage recipes. She enjoys sharing her collection on her blog at http://grandmasvintagerecipes.blogspot.com For diabetic recipes she suggests diabeticenjoyingfood.squarespace.com

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