Date Walnut Bread:
In a bowl mix the chopped dates with the baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Pour 1 cup
(240 ml) of boiling water over the dates, stir, and leave to cool to room
temperature (this takes about 30 minutes).
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Butter,
or spray with a nonstick vegetable spray, a 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf
pan. Then line the bottom of the pan with a piece of parchment paper.
Place the walnuts on a baking
sheet and bake
for about 8 - 10 minutes or until lightly brown and
fragrant. Let cool and then chop coarsely.
In your food processor
place the flour, sugar, baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt and ground cinnamon.
Process to combine and then add the butter. Process until the mixture resembles
coarse breadcrumbs. Transfer the flour mixture to a large bowl and stir in the
In a separate bowl, whisk the
egg with the vanilla extract.
Then add the beaten egg mixture
and the cooled dates (along with the water) to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.
Place the batter into your
prepared pan, smoothing the top with the back of a spoon. Bake about 55 to 65 minutes
or until the bread is golden brown and set, and a toothpick inserted in
the center comes out just clean. Place on a wire rack to cool
and then remove the bread from the pan. This bread will keep for
several days at room temperature. It can also be frozen.
Makes one - 9 x 5 x 3 inch
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