Tuesdays with Dorie: Date-Nut Loaf

June 21, 2011

Many of my baked goods go to our next-door neighbor Chuck. A while ago, I asked him if he had any requests and he said I should make something with dates, because that’s the only date he’s going to get. Chuck is a funny guy! So it was perfect timing that Mary selected Date-Nut Loaf for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe.

Dates and I go way back. When I was growing up, we frequently had a Date Nut quick bread from a mix. I hadn’t thought about that for quite a while and wondered if they still made the mix, but I didn’t find it at the grocery store. My mom also made a date and chocolate chip cake, which I think I’m going to make now that dates are on my mind. Apparently, Chuck has been thinking about dates too, but he’s going to have to settle for a mini Date-Nut loaf for now.

What I did: I made the full recipe and baked it in three mini-loaf pans (5.75 x 3 inches each). I didn’t make any changes to the recipe!

How it went: This was quick and easy to mix up. I never remember to keep track of how long things were in the oven, but I think my minis took about 40 minutes (baking time for a full-sized loaf is 1 hour 20 minutes). I did not need to tent them in foil to keep them from getting too brown.

How it tasted: This is a solid buttery cake with crunchy walnuts and moist dates. It’s tasty – I especially like the buttery taste of the cake. Since I have a memory of a quick bread with dates, I kept thinking this would be like that, but really, it’s more like a pound cake. Once I figured out what it was, I enjoyed it! My husband said it was good but he’d prefer it without the dates. When pressed, he admitted that he’d prefer it without the nuts too. With no dates or nuts, we would be left with just plain Loaf.

Thank you Mary for the date-paved trip down memory lane! She has the recipe posted here. Or just open your copy of Baking: From My Home to Yours to page 228 and get baking!


  1. LOL – sounds like your hubs just wanted pound cake. Your loaf turned out great – and love your food styling.

  2. Very nice of you to feed the neighbor. Mini cakes is a great idea.

  3. Funny! I love dates too, but I didn’t get a chance to make this. THE dessert of my childhood was date squares–they were my father’s favourite, but nobody else would touch them. Now I love them.

  4. That is cute about your neighbor. I couldn’t find dates for some reason so I used apricots. My cake was a bit dry. Yours looks fabulous.

  5. Love your mini loaf – so cute! 🙂

  6. Many years ago Mom made a Picnic Cake, it had dates in it and was topped with walnuts and chocolate chips. Very moist and yummy. I think I need to make it.
    We loved these little loaves–once I realized it was cake not bread! Delicious.
    Have a great day.

  7. Lucky Chuck! Delicious-looking cake, funny post. I love the idea of serving Loaf. (I love chocolate chip cookie dough minus the chips…Cookies?)

  8. ha! too funny. I think anyone would be able to find a date with a cake as nice as this

  9. Lol, I’m glad Chuck got his date!!! Glad you enjoyed this, I decided to make mine with strawberries instead of dates, but I do like dates and i think next time i’ll try the recipe as is!

  10. I think dates taste buttery so that just adds to the buttery taste of this loaf. I love dates and I loved this week’s choice!

  11. What a fun neighbor! The cake looks delicious. I ran out of time and didn’t get a chance to make this. I think my husband would have the same reaction as yours to the dates and nuts.

  12. great job as usual!

  13. Poor, lucky neighbor. 😉 I didn’t get this one made, but it looks good.

  14. Buttery taste is good! Im glad you had a good time with this recipe! I loved it!

  15. Lucky neighbor! Good neighbors are so nice to have. I sat out this week because I was scared of the dates and don’t like nuts, but I’ve seen quite a few positive reviews so maybe I’ll have to get over that fear…

  16. Your husband’s comments cracked me up! Love the look of your loaf! I subbed in choc chips for the dates-we loved this one!

  17. I like your neighbor Chuck’s sense of humor! Thanks so much for baking along with me this week!

  18. I am a big date-nut lover, so I think this loaf looks awesome.

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