Of all the quick breads I make the date loaf is my absolute favorite. The very name dates conjures up exotic images of date palms and desert sand. In one of our restaurants we baked date loaves in round pans. They were sliced and sandwiched together with a combination of cream and old cheddar cheese. It was a favorite on our luncheon menu. The recipe is very versatile with several variations. BASIC DATE LOAF should be in your apron pocket, after all you never know when you might need a blind date loaf.