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Christmas dessert — Grandma’s Brown Bread

By: 16 December 2010 2 Comments

I was reading this recipe, and it brought back so many memories.

I remember sitting at Grandma’s dining room table and watching her bake. We didn’t talk a lot. Usually I just sat there and watched her. Grandma was the best cook ever. She could even make a can of green peas taste better than my Mom. (Yes there is a story there, and Mom will know what I mean when she reads this post).

There is just something special about being a child and watching or helping your Grandma or Mother cook. They are memories that stay with you forever. I haven’t made this recipe in a long time, but I do believe I will be making it this year.

This recipe calls for you the cook to use cans and we used Campbell’s soup cans. Just after you use them peel the label off and wash them. If you don’t have cans you can use mini loaf pans.

Brown Bread

3 tablespoons butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup pecans
1 cup dates
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups boiling water

Chop dates, sprinkle with baking soda and pour boiling water over them and set aside to cool.

Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs, date mixture, salt, flour, vanilla and nuts. Mix well. Fill cans about half full and bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes.

Do not grease cans — bread will not stick to them.

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