Comfort Food: Bread for Brides

date-bread-donedate-nut-bread-cookbook-for-bridesAfter the loss of our two beloved family pets within a month, I barely wanted to grocery shop, let alone cook. I’m slowly regaining the kitchen by making comfort food – familiar dishes that demand little creativity and deliver the culinary equivalent of a hug. For my first foray, I chose a retro book with a happy theme, The Boston Globe Cook Book for Brides (Globe Newspaper Co., 1963). My son found it for me at a yard sale. The chatty recipes make me feel like I’m sitting at a table with Grandma Bertie and her friends.

The premise of the book is recipes sent in by Globe readers to “delight and charm” their husbands. Its sexist optimism makes me laugh, even though I admit that I’m glad when my husband and children like the food I make. This date-nut bread from a contributor who calls herself “Irish Indian” uses orange marmalade in the batter, which gives the bread extra moisture and flavor. I’ll have to work my way up to four- and five-course menus but this felt like a good start.

Orange Marmalade Date-Nut Bread (1963)
Makes 1 loaf
1 cup dates, cut up
1 cup hot water
1 tablespoon butter
1 beaten egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup nuts [I used walnuts]
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup marmalade

Combine the dates, hot water and butter. Cool slightly. Add the egg, sugar and nuts. Sift flour, soda and salt and add. Stir in marmalade. Bake about 45 minutes in a greased and floured loaf pan at 350 degrees. “Delicious with cream cheese.”


About heritagerecipebox

I am named after my great-grandmother, who only prepared two dishes, according to anyone who remembers. Somehow I ended up with a cooking gene that I brought with me from Richmond, Virginia to my current home in Boston, Massachusetts. I have worked as a journalist and published three cookbooks plus a memoir and a novel. This blog gives me a chance to share family recipes and other American recipes with a past.
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2 Responses to Comfort Food: Bread for Brides

  1. I’m so sorry for you loss. There is no way to fully describe the loss of beloved pets. Glad you found some comfort in a New England cookbook. I find similar comfort in my great grandmothers old cookie recipes. Here’s to your healing.


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