15 minutes prep time | Serves 12
1 c dates
1 tsp baking soda
1 c hot water
1/3 c butter
1 c sugar
1-1/2 c unbleached flour
1/2 c chopped walnuts or pecans
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray.
Cut dates into small pieces and place in a small bowl. Dissolve soda in hot water and pour over dates. Let cool.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat well.
Add date mixture, flour, nuts salt, and vanilla. Stir to mix well.
Bake for one hour or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 30 minutes. Turn out onto a serving plate and cut into slices.