A good recipe for date nut bread calls for chopped dates and walnuts, whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour, eggs, sugar, and shortening or butter. Before mixing together the batter, pour boiling water over the shortening, salt, baking soda, dates and walnuts, and allow it to sit for 15 minutes.
While 1 cup of chopped dates, 1 cup of chopped walnuts, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda, and 3 tablespoons of shortening or butter sits in 3/4 cup of boiling water, make the batter. Whisk together 2 eggs and 3/4 cup of sugar. Stir in 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour until blended. Fold in the date and walnut mixture. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 to 50 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Another recipe uses 1 cup of hot brewed coffee in place of the boiling water to add flavor. The recipe also adds 1 tablespoon of vodka or brandy to the batter. You can store date nut bread at room temperature as long as it is in an airtight container. For long-term storage, freeze the bread and warm it before serving.