Persimmon Nut Bread

(from the kitchen of Veryl Robinson)
From Bruce & Jill's Favourite Family Recipes

6 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup persimmon pulp
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped nuts

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Dissolve soda in persimmon pulp and add to creamed ingredients. Combine dry ingredients and stir into creamed mixture. Add orange rind, dates and nuts and mix well. Bake in loaf pan at 350 degrees for about 75 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool and slice.

From the Dinner Co-op