How to make it

  • Place dates,baking soda and butter in a bowl
  • Cover with boiling water
  • Let sit one hour to soften and cool
  • In another bowl combine sugar, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt
  • Add date mixture with egg and vanilla
  • Beat with electric mixer to combine well
  • Fold in nuts if using
  • Place in a greased and floured 9 x 5 loaf pan
  • Bake 45 minutes or tested done in center with toothpick
  • Cool 15 minutes in pan and carefully remove
  • When cool, wrap in foil
  • Slice and serve with butter, cream cheese or eat plain

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