It's the first day of Autumn! Finally!
I can't believe it's here. To celebrate, let's bake some walnut date bread. It's a good recipe to do when you've got a spare afternoon alone. It's actually quite enjoyable to make then.
8 oz dried, pitted, and coarsely chopped dates
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter, diced
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1. Mix the chopped dates, baking soda, and 1/8 tsp of salt. Pour the boiling water over the mixture, and leave it to cool to room temperature.
2. Preheat your over to 350F. Use butter or a nonstick cooking spray to coat the bottom of a loaf pan, and line the bottom with parchment paper. This is a lot, but it doesn't fail.
3. Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the walnuts are lightly brown and fragrant. Let them cool, then chop them coarsely.
4. With a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, and cinnamon until everything is mixed together. Add the butter, and process until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. If you don't have a food processor, a fork will give you a good arm workout. You'll probably need to pour the end result in a larger bowl. Stir in the walnuts.
5. In a smaller separate bowl, whisk the egg and vanilla together.
6. Add the egg mixture and dates (the water too) to the flour mixture, and stir until everything is combined. Pour this into your loaf pan.
7. Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and set, and a toothpick (or cake tester, etc) inserted into the middle comes out clean. Place the bread on a wire rack to cool, and then remove the bread from the pan.
Let me know if you try the recipe, and enjoy!