Sprinkle 1 cup dates with 1 teaspoon baking soda, and pour 1 cup boiling water over all. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat 1 egg, and add 1 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon softened butter. Mix well. Gradually stir in 1 cup walnuts, 1 ½ cups flour, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and date mixture. Stir, just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour mixture into a greased and floured, waxed-paper-lined loaf pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the deepest part comes out clean. (I always bake any loaf like this in the center of the oven with a large sheet of aluminum foil on the rack above, so that the top will not over-brown. The aluminum foil may be removed near the end of baking.) Remove loaf from the oven, and let cool in the loaf pan for a few minutes. Remove from the loaf pan, and peel off the waxed paper. Place on a nice serving plate, and slice into equally-sized slices, and serve while warm with fresh butter. This is a simple bread, with a touch of elegance! You will love it!!! --Betty
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Forget the old-fashioned banana bread. Next time you are hungry, reach out for a slice of this date nut bread. Bite for bite, they are one of the most nutrient dense snack to satiate yourself with. Betty's recipe of this bread is not only tasty and filling, but is extremely simple to make too. Tune into the video recipe for more on this.