Today is National Date-Nut Bread Day!
Date-nut bread is a cake like quick bread (non-rising) made with a combination of sweet dates and various nuts like walnuts, pecans, almonds or hazelnuts!
Dates are touted as being a low-sodium, high-fiber food. Dates are found on the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s DASH Diet (PDF). Nuts have been a staple ingredient in bread-like cakes since ancient times according to Foodtimeline.
Being a great source of protein and iron, dates have been part of the human diet for more than 5,000 years. As a result of its curious shape, the fruit is thought to have taken its name from the Greek word for finger, “daktulos.”
Dates require warm climates, and grow most prolifically in the Middle East and Africa, or, stateside, Arizona and California. Fresh dates can be kept refrigerated for up to two weeks — or you can bake them in these breads, which will keep frozen for triple the time.
The Bread Bible: 300 Favorite Recipes
by: Beth Hensperger
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