Pour boiling water containing soda, over dates. let stand until cool. Cream shortening, add sugar and eggs. Alternate date and water mixture 1/3 at a time with flour, when combining ingredients. Add vanilla and nuts. Lightly grease loaf pans with oil and fill pans 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes in 325° oven.
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