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Date nut bread baked in a can

Date nut bread baked in a can

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 cups boiling water

1 (12-ounce) box pitted dates, diced

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon vanilla

Makes 5 loaves, 6 servings each.

Sprinkle baking soda over dates. Pour boiling water over dates; set aside until cool. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat butter with sugar; beat in eggs and dates. Sift flour and salt; add to batter along with nuts and vanilla, mixing well.

Fill five well-greased, 20-ounce (No. 2) cans two-thirds with batter. Bake 45 minutes, until center tests done.

Nutrition per serving: 191 calories (24 percent from fat), 5.2 g fat (2.1 g saturated, 1.3 g monounsaturated), 13.2 mg cholesterol, 2.8 g protein, 34.9 g carbohydrates, 1.6 g fiber, 126.5 mg sodium.