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December 22nd is National Date Nut Bread Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then get ready to loaf around because it's National Date Nut Bread Day!  Your other bread is boring anyway!  So, let's get right into celebrating National Date Nut Bread Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Because it's the perfect time of year to fill your house with aromas of baked goods, of course! And the holiday season is all about reintroducing your taste buds to different flavors, like dates and nuts. And while I wouldn't say that this is the most popular of specialty breads out there, it's definitely something that will please your tongue! So if you haven't had it before, then maybe that's why someone set up this holiday... so you'd try it today!  But I'm sure most of you have consumed bread, nuts and bread that contains nuts at some point in your life already. So, it's really the dates that stand out. And while they kind of look like a prune, if you saw the trees they grew on you'd see a part of their beauty that not many people get to see. But we're in it for the taste, right? And they don't taste too shabby at all! In fact, they also give you a nice dose of vitamins B5 and B6, magnesium, manganese and potassium.

Maybe that's why they're eaten so often in the Middle East. Heck, if you look at the facts, Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia are the biggest producers of dates. But hey, we can thank the Spaniards, for introducing dates to California in 1765, because now they are also grown in California, Florida and Arizona. So chop up some dates and throw them into a bread batter, along with some nuts, and give this traditional food a chomping.  I think you might enjoy it!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, this does seem to be a type of bread that keeps popping up around the holidays, so you might be able to snag a loaf from a local bakery. Why do all the work yourself, if you don't have to, right? So swing by a bakery to start your celebration, just be sure to not let the other aromas sway you from buying the celebratory bread!  But it's really not a hard bread to make, so you may just want to make your own. You'll end up with a couple, fresh loaves of date nut bread and you'll know every single ingredient that went into it. Plus, you get to enjoy that lovely smell of homemade bread in your house for a few hours. It might be slightly more work, but I think the benefits outweigh the effort.

And it's really up to you to decide what type of bread you want to make. Sure, you have to include some kind of nuts and dates, but the other ingredients are up to you! You could use walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews or heck, even peanuts if you want. And there are actually different kinds of dates, but you also mix things up by changing the type of flour you use. Like all-purpose flour, wheat flour, almond flour and so on. You can make it a sweet bread, by adding in different sugars, and on and on and on. Have fun with it!  Have a great day and enjoy your loaves!





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