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Beer Can Date Bread
8 Empty beer cans
2 tbs Soda
1 c Dates, chopped
2 c Beer
3 tbs Butter
1 c Maple syrup
1 tbs Vanilla
2 Eggs
4 c Whole wheat pastry flour
1 c Pecans

Remove tops from beer cans with can opener; lightly oil insides.   Sprinkle soda on dates.  Heat beer to boiling and pour over date/soda mixture; set aside to cool. Cream together butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and eggs. Stir in flour.  Add nuts and cooled date mixture.  Spoon batter into cans, filling only 1/2 full. Bake with cans standing up on cookie sheet, at 350 degrees for 15-30 minutes; look for tops to split and test for doneness. Do not cut bread for 1 day; bread may break up if it is sliced while still warm.
Recipe featured in Bread Daily on 02/07/02.