Date Walnut Bread:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place rack in center of
oven. Grease (or spray with a nonstick vegetable spray) a 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x
13 x 8 cm) loaf pan.
the walnuts for about 8 - 10 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Let cool and
then chop coarsely.
In a large bowl mix the chopped
dates with the baking soda and a pinch of salt (1/8 teaspoon). Pour 1 cup
(240 ml) of very hot water over the dates, stir, and leave to cool to room
temperature (about 30 minutes).
In your food processor
place the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon. Process to
combine and then add the butter. Process until the mixture resembles coarse
breadcrumbs. Transfer this mixture to a large bowl and then stir in the chopped walnuts.
In a separate bowl, whisk the
egg with the vanilla extract.
Finally, fold the flour mixture
and beaten egg mixture into the cooled dates (with their water). Stir until combined.
Scrape the batter into the
prepared pan and bake until the bread has risen and a toothpick inserted in the
center comes out clean, about 55 to 65 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool
and then remove the bread from the pan. Well wrapped, this bread will keep for
several days at room temperature.
Makes one - 9 x 5 x 3 inch
The American Century Cookbook. Clarkson/Potter Publishers. New York: 1997.
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