Van de Kamp’s Date Nut Bread – this easy, healthy quick bread is incredibly moist and full of dates and walnuts. Enjoy with tea or coffee or for dessert!!
The start of 2015 started with a bang – within 3 1/2 weeks I’ve made 3 different trips involving planes and cars – all fun – ok, flying to help your son out with a minor surgery isn’t exactly fun, but seeing my boys definitely qualifies:-). I’ll be sharing a couple of those trips coming up here at the Table but today… today I’m talking about Van de Kamp’s Date Nut Bread.
Traveling? Date Nut Bread? Huh??? No, all that traveling hasn’t scrambled my brain – or at least any more than normal. But after all that traveling, I’ve been eager to get back in my kitchen and “comfort food” is what I’ve been craving – and for me that includes breads, specifically Van de Kamp’s Date Nut Bread.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Van de Kamp’s – it was a brand that was found in every grocery store in Southern California when I was growing up, its cheerful blue and white windmill adorned packages holding all manner of old time bakery goodies – icebox cookies, chocolate cake, bran muffins and my favorite – Van de Kamp’s Date Nut Bread. Van De Kamp’s Date Nut Bread was a definite treat in my house since with the exception of sandwich bread, my mum baked just about everything else – cookies, breads, muffins, etc., etc.
I can still remember coming home from school and spying that telltale package sitting on the counter and begging my mum for a slice spread with butter. Sweet, moist and studded with just the right amount of walnuts, Van de Kamp’s Date Nut Bread was the perfect afternoon snack that got me through untold pages of homework. It was comfort food… and just what I need right about now.
The bakery of course is long gone as are the company’s recipes. But lucky enough for me, I actually found a recipe that was an attempt to re create the original. So of course, I had to try it – and I think it’s spot on – sweet, moist with just the right amount of walnuts.
There is nothing fancy or trendsetting about this little bread – it’s simple… which is sometimes all you need.
Cold milk or a warm cup of tea are optional… the butter however, isn’t!!!
Adapted from http://www.waynesthisandthat.com/cook.htm
Van de Kamp's Date Nut Bread
- 4 oz. dates chopped
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 4 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup chopped walnut pieces
- Pre heat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. In a blender, combine the dates and the water. Blend until smooth. Add the date mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar, butter, egg, salt and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until thoroughly mixed, scraping down the bowl as needed.
- Add the flour and baking powder. Mix until combined. Stir in the walnuts. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out with small crumbs attached. Remove the pan immediately from the oven and cover with foil, making sure the foil doesn't touch the top of the loaf. Cool for 1 hour. Remove the foil and remove the loaf from the pan. Slice and enjoy!