Pain aux dattes

1 & 1/2 cups chopped dates 8 ounces
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup raisins
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 stick, 2 ounces, or 1/8 pound
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 cup sugar (white)
1 egg, at room temperature
1 & 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a loaf pan and set aside. 
2-Put the chopped dates and raisins in a bowl. Add the baking soda to 3/4 cup boiling water. Pour the water/baking soda mixture over the dried fruit and set the bowl aside.
3-soaking dates and raisins for date nut bread
Mix the butter and the sugars with the mixer for about 3 minutes on medium high speed until they are creamed together. Add the egg and vanilla.
4-Mix the flour into the batter until well combined. It starts to get stiff at this point. Then, add the dates, raisins. and nuts, as well as the liquid. I added the solids first before pouring in the remaining water. You can do it all at once as long as you mix the batter until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
mixing date nut bread
5-Spoon the mixture into the loaf pan and smooth it out. Bake the bread for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick or wooden skewer inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean. If the top appears to darken and look finished before the inside is fully baked, cover the top with foil so that it won’t burn.
6-date nut bread before baking
Let the bread cool in the pan on a wire rack before unmolding it.


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