My Mom always cooked with dates at Christmas time...soft and chewy Date Filled Sugar Cookies, and for Christmas morning, she always had loaves of fresh homemade Christmas Bread, Banana Bread and Date Nut Bread.
I'm always surprised by how many people have never tried dates...there is a reason they are treasured in the Mediterranean and far east! So sweet and good!
While shopping I found a package of fresh Deglet Noor Dates and couldn't resist making this moist and dense Date Nut Bread. These dates have a soft, caramel-like taste and are perfect and my favorite by far for baking!
You can make your own flavored cream cheese at home by stirring in a tablespoon or two of fresh honey and chopped pecans or walnuts. For a maple flavor, blend in some maple syrup - yup, the pancake kind!
And if you decide to freeze a loaf or two, the glaze helps seal in the moisture and keep your bread tasting fresh and looking beautiful for serving!