Date Nut Bread

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Good to the Grain

By Kim Boyce

Published 2010

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Loaded with dates and toasted pecans, this is a deeply satisfying quick bread. The dates are soaked in warm water to soften, then puréed to make a thick fruit butter. This purée, along with the yogurt, is what gives the cake its moistness. Slather a slice with butter or serve it with a plate of after-dinner cheeses.


  • Butter for the pan
  • cups pecan halves
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Toss the pecans in the oil and salt and spread the nuts evenly on a baking sheet. Toast the pecans in the middle of the oven until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Set the pecans aside to cool, but keep the oven heated.
  2. Meanwhile