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Author Notes: This was originally my grandmother's recipe. She knew how much I loved it, and somehow whenever I came over to visit there just happened to be a fresh cake ready to be eaten! <3
No stand mixer needed; this batter mixes up right in a large saucepan and can be done by hand with a hand mixer, a whisk, or just a wooden spoon. —ShelleyK
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup honey (your favorite flavor)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2 egg yolks
- 2-1/4 cups AP flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking SODA
- 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
- 12 dates, chopped, and tossed with 1Tblsp of the measured flour
- 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 325. Thoroughly butter a loaf pan (or 3 mini-loafs).
- Over low heat, in a large saucepan, melt together the milk, honey, and sugar and whisk until smooth. Let cool (important!)
- In a bowl, stir together the flour, salt, soda, wheat germ, and nutmeg. Set aside.
- When the milk has cooled, mix in the softened butter and then the eggs, and whisk until combined.
- Mix in the dry ingredients until just combined, then lightly fold in the flour-dusted dates (and nuts if desired.)
- Pour batter into buttered pans and bake until it pulls away from the sides and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out dry. (About 55 minutes for one loaf.) Let cool for 5 minutes before turning out of loaf pan.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Dates