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Back in the early 1900s or late 1800s (because I really have no idea how old this recipe is), dates and other dried fruits were very festive and often included in holiday treats. This recipe was one that my great-grandmother had passed on to my grandmother, who was born in 1901. It could very well have been a recipe from my great-grandmother's family, who were Scottish through and through, emigrating right from Scotland to Vermont.
For years my grandmother or my mother made this cake as part of our Christmas (and, if I remember right, Thanksgiving) dinners, but not a lot of people ate it. They always frosted it with a thick white frosting and put a row of walnut halves down the center of the loaf, so it looked quite festive. To me, as a child, it paled in comparison with the other desserts like pies and candy or even ice cream. I was completely unconscious of its historical value.
Now, I wish I knew more about it. I was fortunate to inherit my Great-great Aunt Maude's handwritten cookbook, so I do have the recipe. Maybe this Christmas I will see if I can adapt it to gluten free so I can taste it, just for old times' sake.