Date Nut & Dried Cherry Choc Chip Bread

Dried fruit and  nut breads, were a popular standard in the part of New England where I grew up. This version is full of dates, dried cherries and chunks of chocolate. It’s a great alternative to traditional Banana or Pumpkin bread. Paired with sharp cream cheese spread or my Ricotta Cheese Dip Topping this will take you from breakfast to before bedtime snack


  • 3 cups dried and chopped dates & dried cherries ( dried cranberries work too)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1 – 1 1/2 vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips ( bittersweet or dark choc)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp melted butter ( or shortening)
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice optional


Step 1

  • Mix chopped dates and cherry with the  baking soda, pour boiling water on, and let sit until cool
  • When cool strain the liquid from the date (BUT reserve the liquid ) and cherry mixture.
  • Pre-heat oven to 325

Step 2

  • Separate eggs
  • Mix egg yolks, sugar, salt, butter and vanilla.
  • Next Add flour and date and cherry liquid. Alternating until both are used up ( Usually I do this in fourths)
  • Add in the date-cherry mixture and any remaining liquid, nuts, and choc chips until combine

Step 3

  • Beat eggs whites to soft peaks and fold into the batter until just incorporated

Pour into 2 loaf pans or 4 -5 mini loaf pans

Top with Turbinado Sugar if you want more crunch on the top

Bake 325, 60 – 80 min middle rack until a toothpick comes out dry

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