Welcome back to Tasty treats! I know I was not actively blogging over the past few weeks. I am sorry for the inactivity on my blog and I would like to thank everyone who extended their support and wishes to me over the last few weeks. Eventhough I am not posting on the blog, I still do try out recipes occasionally and am reserving them for sharing with all of you later on. One of the recipe I tried recently is the Date-Nut bread which I made after weeks of drooling, on coming across the recipe! ;-) Just like expected the bread was fantatsic, with lots of dates and nuts in each mouthful. It sure was soft, moist and flavorful. We had it with a bit of chocolate syrup drizzled over the slices and it was simply out-of-the-world! Yum-yum!!! Do try this out and you wont be disappointed! Dont forget to let me know your thoughts and suggestions!
Recipe (Makes 1 loaf):
Chopped pitted dates - 1 1/2 cups
Butter or margarine - 6 tbsp, cut up
Boiling water - 1 1/4 cups
All-purpose flour - 2 cups
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Egg - 1 large, lightly beaten
Walnuts - 1 cup, coarsely chopped
In a medium bowl, combine dates and butter, stir in the boiling water and let stand until cool.
Preheat the oven to 325F.
Grease a 9" by 5" metal loaf pan.
In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Stir egg into the date mixture.
Now, stir the date-egg mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened.
Stir in the walnuts.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Cool loaf in the pan on wire rack for 10 minutes.
Remove the bread from the pan and cool completely on wire rack.
Source: Great Baking from Good Housekeeping.
- I used about 1 cup (8 oz) of chopped pitted dates.
- Instead of walnuts I used about 1/2 cup of slivered almonds with a few sliced almonds on top.
- I baked the bread for about 1 hour 10 minutes. It is advisable to check the doneness around the 1 hour mark.
- Variations of the recipe include prune bread (using 1 1/2 cups of coarsely chopped pitted prunes instead of dates) and fig bread (using 1 1/2 cups of coarsely chopped dried figs instead of dates).
Hope you all are having a great time, and see you all real soon!!