Mom’s Recipe Box: “Nana Nunu” Date Nut Bread from Debbie
Posted on August 8, 2014
“Nana Nunu” Date Nut Bread from Debbie
It is only fitting, that my recipe for “Mom’s Recipe Box”, be a recipe in honor of my “Nana Nunu”. Words alone cannot convey, the love and gratitude, I have for my grandmother.
My grandmother loved and raised me as if I was her own.
The love of family was her mission, her credo and the fabric of her being.
I have many fond memories of family gatherings, that included signature favorites and a venue for new and exciting dishes.
A very special memory, is one where Nana and I would have a cup of tea together. We would sit in the red and white kitchen of 128, with a cup of tea and typically a baked treat. When the tea was gone, there were always tea leaves at the bottom of the tea cup. Nana would proceed to “read” my tea leaves.
She would see warm and wonderful life events. She could see that I would have “the most wonderful husband” and that I would have 3 children. She would focus on my talents and turn them into true gifts with her positive reassurance. She was certain I would have a happy life.
My photo includes the last Christmas gift I received from Nana. My gingerbread teapot, is symbolic of those special moments we shared. Each and everyday when I have tea, my thoughts can’t help but linger to the days of sharing a cup of tea with my Nana Nunu.
Even more, those cups of tea, assured me of my happy life as a wife, mother and grandmother. Debbie Bennett Landeck
Prep – 35 minutes, Bake 45 minutes; Serves 10 triangles.
1 and a half cup chopped Medjool Dates; 1 teaspoon baking soda; 1 cup boiling water; 1 cup sugar; 1 large egg; 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature; 1 pinch of kosher salt; one and three fourths cup bleached flour; three fourths cup chopped walnuts.
Finish with filling of soft cream cheese and one half cup of finely chopped walnuts.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease loaf pan with Pam; place chopped dates into a small bowl and sprinkle with baking soda; then add the boiling water and let sit for 30 minutes.
With an electric mixer beat butter and sugar; then combine the egg; mix until smooth.
Add salt, flour and nuts on low until blended; stir in dates and the water mixture; pour into greased loaf pan; bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean; cool for 10 minutes before turning out; turn out and cool on a cooling rack; slice thinly – spread with soft cream cheese and top with chopped walnuts; sandwich and cut into triangles.
Serve with a cup of tea and sweet memories of Nana! -DBL
Look for Mom’s Recipe Box weekly on Fridays as family members add to and celebrate my mother’s collection of recipes – the Cecelia G. Bennett Collection. – JB
I can’t imagine our lives without the closeness we all share and the love we share for Mom/Nana.
Family was her heart just as it is your heart.
As I’m sure you remember, every conversation Nana had included her talking about all of us – her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great granddaughter! She would say, “I have seven children and I raised my granddaughter Debbie.” That meant so much to her – you brought so, so much joy into her life.
How fortunate we are to have many cherished family memories of times spent together.
Whenever I see a pretty teapot, I think of you & Nana sitting in the kitchen – reading tea leaves!
This picture makes me smile because I know how much Nana loved you and was always so proud of you.
Deb – you have enriched all of our lives. I’m looking forward to making the Date Nut Bread and will enjoy having a slice with tea.
I know I will smile again, thinking of you and Nana having your tea together.
Although I missed out on growing up with you, I am so happy that you were raised by our incredible, loving Nana. I am so envious of that special bond that you two share, but in a good way. Our bond, is alive today because of your perserverence and commitment to family, I feel very lucky to call you my sister! All my love, Donna