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Friday, July 10, 2015

Prune or Date Bread (untested)

This recipe is written in fountain pen in a handwriting I didn't recognize. But my mom helped me identify it. The handwriting belongs to Grammy's stepmother, Erma Munce! My mom said:
"I remember her hand so well because I have more of her cookie recipes and she'd always write a note in birthday cards, etc. She was a wonderful person."
Grandma Munce was the only great grandmother I knew on my mom's side of the family. Grandma Munce always had a wonderful cookie jar full of homemade cookies ready for us when we would visit her. I remember her chewy oatmeal cookies so well. She passed away when I was 10 years old. I was fortunate to be the recipient of several of her "less valuable" tchotchkes and enjoy them to this day. I'm so happy that I now know this recipe is from her!

  • 1 cup prunes or dates
  • 2 1/2 cups graham flour OR 1 cup flour & 1 1/2 cups graham flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon shortening, melted

Instructions [mixing instructions are incomplete]:
  1. Stone and chop fruit (prunes can be used after soaking several hours and draining or used right after washing thoroughly)
  2. Put in greased bread pan and allow to stand 20 to 25 minutes in warm place
  3. Bake 1 hour in moderate oven at 375°F

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