Lemon Date Nut Bread

Looking for ways to use the candied lemon peel in my pantry, plus my love of dates and quick breads…this is what you get!

1 cups chopped dates
1/4 cup chopped candied lemon peel
1 cup boiling water
2 cups flour
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1½ tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Pour the boiling water over the chopped dates and lemon peel. Let the dates and lemon soak for about 1/2 hour. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture, mix slightly and add date, lemon mixture. Add the nuts. Mix until the dates and nuts are distributed evenly and the dry ingredients are completely moistened. Pour batter into a sprayed loaf pan or three sprayed small loaf pans. Bake for 50-60 minutes (large loaf) 35-40 minutes (small loaves) or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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