Mad Men: Pat Nixon’s Date Nut Bread

A review of Pat Nixon’s Date Nut Bread from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.

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Pat Nixon’s Date Nut Bread

Mad+Men+Mad+Style+Season+1+Episode+3+2In Season 1 Episode 3, at Sally’s 6th birthday, Betty announces the menu for the adults at the party.  One of the foods served is this Date Nut Bread!

This particular recipe is the one Pat Nixon shared with the world in 1961, though the episode actually takes place the year before.

It does take some time, and several trips to the sink, to chop up the dates.  They are extremely sticky, after all!  But after that, this recipe is cake!  Pun intended.

First, baking soda and boiling water are poured over the dates, and the mixture is left to sit while you start mixing the rest of the ingredients.

Butter and sugar are creamed together using an electric mixer, and then the egg is added.  20180818_123124

At this point, the water from the date/water combination is drained into the butter/sugar/egg mixture, and flour is added as well.  The electric mixer is used once again to combine it all.

Now the dates, nuts, and vanilla are added and the whole thing is stirred together, poured into a loaf pan, and popped into the oven until a toothpick comes out clean.


Taste: 9/10

This is a sweet bread, but not too sweet.  I don’t usually eat dates because, let’s be honest, there are way tastier fruits out there.  But I liked this a lot!  The dates and nuts were really good!20180819_091100

It was a little bit dry, but I think it was just left in the oven a few minutes too long.

Difficulty: Easy

As long as you can work an electric mixer, this recipe is easy.

Cost: Cheap/Average

You’ll need to purchase dates and chopped walnuts, but you likely have the rest already: butter, sugar, baking soda, egg, flour, and vanilla extract.

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