While the date nut bread from the Dromedary brand is no longer available, the Vermont Country Store makes a similar version that includes flour, sugar, dates, walnuts and coconut in the ingredients. Historically, people used the date nut bread to make cream cheese sandwiches.
A mid-century New York City cafe called Chock Full o' Nuts used to serve a restaurant version of the date nut bread and cream cheese sandwiches. The bread recipe called for a base of flour, baking powder, eggs, butter and sugar. The flavorings were cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Chopped dried dates and chopped walnuts, along with necessities such as salt and boiling water, rounded out the ingredients.
Nabisco Dromedary put out a recipe for date and nut bread. The ingredients were essentially the same as the restaurant version, but margarine was substituted for the butter.
To make the Nabisco Dromedary recipe, stir together 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Separately, bring 3/4 cup water and 1/3 cup margarine to boil. Remove from heat, and stir in 8 ounces of chopped dates. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Transfer the wet ingredients to a bowl, and add 3/4 cup chopped walnuts and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Whisk in 2 eggs. Blend in the flour mixture, and pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes.