I also have this love/hate relationship with Costco. It's like going into a fantasy world of big volumes and bigger is better, right? Not so much. How many times have you gone into a Costco store, bought something in large quantity and then realized it might last you a lifetime. This was my dilema when I decided I needed a 2 kg (2.2 lb) bag of pitted dates. Every time I open my baking cupboard I look at that bag and shake my head at my own impulsiveness. I went to my old standby recipe for date and nut loaf at Cooks.com and began the bakefest.
2 c. chopped dates
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 c. boiling water
3/4 c. sugar
2 tbsp. shortening
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 3/4 c. sifted all purpose flour
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp. salt
Combine dates and baking soda; cover with boiling water and let stand
Cream sugar and shortening together, add egg and vanilla and
beat until combined.
Add cooled date mixture, flour, walnuts, and salt; stir until just combined. Do not beat. Scrape mixture into greased 9 x 5 x 3
inch loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes. Makes one loaf.
This recipe doubles and triples well so if you happen to have alot of dates, this is the way to go.