What’s cooking in your kitchen this weekend? Care to try a complicated sounding yet easy to make and delish bread? Nikhil’s been wanting to have Date & Walnut Bread for sometime now and every time we’ve been to the bakery section of the grocery store he almost picks them up and I always stopped him from doing so saying that I will make it at home & I never did- no I am not this bad always :)! So I finally got myself to making this at home this weekend.
I wanted to make enough for the two of us to finish but used a rather big bread loaf pan to bake so the size of the “bread” in the pictures may seem small. Feel free to use a smaller bread loaf pan or double the recipe to bake in the regular 8X4 inch loaf pan. Here is how I made it-
- 1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup boiling water
- ¾ cup flour
- a pinch of salt
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- 1 small egg
- 3/4 tablespoon vegetable oil
- a pinch of nutmeg
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Butter and flour a bread loaf pan.
- Put the chopped dates in a large mixing bowl, sprinkle the baking soda over the dates and pour the boiling water on it. Set this aside for about 10-15 minutes to cool. The reason for doing this is to soften the date skin. If you soak it in regular water you will see that the skin of the dates is hard and leathery and you don’t want a chewy date in your bread. There is obviously a more detailed scientific reason behind soaking the dates in baking soda and boiling water but I won’t bore you with that now.
- Now, in another bowl sift the flour together with salt, sugar and walnuts.
- In another bowl beat the egg with the oil and add to the cooled date mixture.
- Then add in the flour mixture to this, mix well and the add in the nutmeg and just mix until incorporated.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes to an hour or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. When the bread is cooked you’ll note that the bread begins to pull away from the size of the loaf pan.
- Take it out of the oven, allow it to cool for sometime and then slice.
To serve, slice the bread thin and top it with some butter or a spoonful of cream cheese! I just used butter and it was simply awesome..drum roll please…