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When is National Date Nut Bread Day? September 8

What is this Holiday for?
This holiday is all about baking homemade date nut bread! Yep this day honors date nut bread with it's delishious flavors that's perfect for the fall season - Date nut bread is perfect spread with butter and toasted. Serve it for breakfast with a nice hot cup of coffee and your off to a good start celebrating date nut bread day. Or add a drizzle of icing and serve it as a dessert.

In honor of National Date Nut Bread Day invite your friends & family to some special slices of breads. Try it with cheese. Be daring! You just may find a new favorite. 

Origin of this Holiday?
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We did however find that this holiday has been celebrated for years. There is plenty of documentation to support that this holiday does indeed exist. - Was this this holiday created by a food organization? Our research couldn't find the answer to that question - This holiday is referred to as a "National" day.  However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!
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Date Nut Bread Recipe
Date nut bread is made with chopped dates,
oil, boiling water, egg, and walnuts.
This recipe has been around for many years.

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped dates
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup boiling water

Grease a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan.
Sift together flour, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in walnuts and chopped dates until dates are separated and well coated with flour mixture. Whisk together oil and egg; stir into dry ingredients. Dissolve baking soda in the boiling water; stir into flour mixture; beat well. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Let stand for 10 minutes. Bake date nut bread in a 350° oven for about 55 to 65 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Read more Bread Recipes in our Bread section.
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History of dates
"Dates have been a staple food of the Middle East for thousands of years. They are believed to have originated around the Persian Gulf, and have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt, possibly as early as 4000 BCE. There is archaeological evidence of date cultivation in eastern Arabia in 6000 BCE. (Alvarez-Mon 2006)."

"In later times, Arabs spread dates around South & South East Asia, northern Africa, and Spain and Italy. Dates were introduced into Mexico and California by the Spaniards by 1765, around Mission San Ignacio."

Dates:
"The fruit is a drupe known as a date. Dates are oval-cylindrical, 3–7 cm long,
and 2–3 cm diameter, and when unripe, range from bright red to bright yellow in
colour, depending on variety. Dates contain a single seed about 2–2.5 cm long
and 6–8 mm thick. Three main cultivar groups of date exist: soft (e.g. 'Barhee',
'Halawy', 'Khadrawy', 'Medjool'), semi-dry (e.g. 'Dayri', 'Deglet Noor', 'Zahidi'),
and dry (e.g. 'Thoory'). The type of fruit depends on the glucose, fructose and
sucrose content."

More Recipes:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/2vu/2259821147/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrkiki/2771759195/

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Date Nut Bread is considered a Quick Bread
rise and can vary greatly based on external factors such as temperature, breads made with chemical leaveners are relatively uniform, reliable, and quick.
"A quick bread is a type of bread which is leavened with chemical leaveners such as baking powder, sodium bicarbonate, or cream of tartar. Unlike yeast breads which often take hours to
"Almost all quick breads have only five basic ingredients: flour, baking powder (and/or baking soda), eggs, fat (butter, margarine, shortening, or oil), and milk (or another liquid)."
Date Nut Bread is a perfect
"Autumn Food!"