Mojo (bobbylevi) wrote,
Mojo
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As promised

to northernsnokat, here are my mother's recipes for date and nut bread, that she used to bake in baked bean cans. They are Australian recipes so if you need any translation just yell... the cup size is about the same as the US cup.

NUT LOAF

2 cups self-rasing flour
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup walnuts or mixed nuts
1 egg
1 cup milk

Sift flour, salt and sugar.
Add chopped nuts.
Beat egg and add it to the milk.
Add to the dry ingredients, making into a soft dough.
Place into greased loaf pans or cans
Bake in a moderate oven, 180-190C for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Note: This quantity is sufficient for two small loaves... could even be 3 of the tin cans.

DATE LOAF

2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1 cup dates
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
Pinch salt

Beat butter and sugar to a cream.
Add well beaten egg.
Add milk gradually.
Add chopped dates
Stir in sifted flour and salt.
Half fill greased loaf pans or cans.
Bake in a moderate oven, 180-190C for 35-40 minutes.

Variations: instead of dates use chopped ginger, cherries, and almonds or sultanas.

I think the first one was her favourite, and I think either one can have dates or other fruit in it, just use a similar volume of whatever you substitute. I can't remember making them, but I can sure remember eating them, usually spread with butter as an afternoon snack.
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