To make Thomas Date Nut Bread, take 3/4 cup of boiling water and stir into a bowl filled with 1 1/2 cups of chopped dates and 1 tablespoon of butter. Allow to cool until the mixture is lukewarm, and then transfer 1/3 of it into a food processor to produce a paste, then return the paste to the original mixture. Add 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar, 1/4 cup of molasses, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and two eggs and combine.
Sift 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a separate bowl. Introduce 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and combine. Create a recess in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the date mixture. Stir ingredients until fully combined. Fold in 1 cup of chopped walnuts.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Use butter to thoroughly grease a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan and pour the batter into the pan. Bake the bread for 50 to 60 minutes or until the top of the loaf rises. When cooking is complete, remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan on top of a wire rack for a minimum of 30 minutes before removing the loaf from the pan.