1 (6 - 1/2 oz.) pkg. dates
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cups sugar
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup chopped nuts
Cut up dates, add baking soda and boiling water. Set aside to cool.
Add sugar and egg to cooled date mixture. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Bake in a greased loaf pan for one hour at 350°. Remove from pan and cool on rack.
Note: I have been finding that these quick fruit and nut breads slice more easily the day after baking, although it's hard to wait that long!