Recipe of the Month – Date Nut Butter

The Fenton History Center has an extensive collection of local cookbooks in its archives. This recipe comes from the Sheridan Firemen Ladies’ Auxiliary The Best in Cooking in Sheridan published around 1971.

Date Nut Butter
by Ruth Burmaster

1 cup dates
2 cups boiling water
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 tablespoons shortening
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup nut meats
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix the dates, baking soda and the boiling water together and allow to cool. Mix all the other ingredients except the nuts together and then add the cooled date mixture. Stir thoroughly and add nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Makes 2 loaves.

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