September 8, 2012

National Date-Nut Bread Day

"If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second." - Edward Bellamy

It's National Date-Nut Bread Day!

Did you know National Date-Nut Bread Day is actually celebrated twice in the year? Once today and once on December 22nd. You would think with all the other food options our melting pot of a country has to offer we could've been a little more creative and not repeat any food holidays. Apparently not. Or maybe this particular bread is just so wildly popular and loved - am I'm missing something? - that it absolutely had to be celebrated twice.

Date-nut bread first appeared in cookbooks sometime during the first half of the 1900's. Dates themselves grow on palm trees come the Greek word "dáktulos," meaning 'finger' which refers to the shape the fruit is in. Because they've been part of our diets for so long, it's difficult to pinpoint their exact origin, though it's believed to have been in the Persian Gulf.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

After celebrating yesterday's National Beer Lover's Day a little too hard, I took the easy way out today and bought a quick bread mix from my local grocer. Tossed some cinnamon coated walnuts in it, and voila!, I had bread.

(P.S. Do you get my shirt? It's date-nut bread. And my shirt says "single." Get it? GET IT?! Dates. Single. Dates. Single. In my tired foodie blogger head this whole thing really worked out so much better.)

Happy National Date-Nut Bread Day!