Date and Walnut Loaf

Date and walnut loaf

Extremely soft and delicious…..perfect crumbs!!

Date and Walnut Loaf
Recipe from my dear friend Hanan

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs lightly beaten
¾ cup + 2tbsp butter
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup chopped walnut pieces
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ tsp salt

1 ½ – 2 cups chopped dates
1tsp baking soda
1 cup boiling water

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Place chopped dates in a bowl.
Add boiling water and baking soda and stir.
Leave aside to cool completely.
Sieve flour and baking powder and keep aside.
Beat butter and sugar for few minutes.
Add eggs and vanilla and beat again.
Add 1 cup flour and mix well. If there is any liquid left in the dates bowl, add and mix.
Fold in dates and walnuts with a spatula or wooden spoon.
Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle few walnut pieces on top.
Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degree Celsius for 35-40 mins.
Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert into a plate and let cool completely.
Slice and serve.

Can use white sugar instead of brown sugar, but the cake will be too sweet.
Extremely soft cake…slice with a sharp knife.

Date and walnut loaf 3


Date Bread Ring and Cinnamon Walnut Bread

Date bread ring

walnut bread 1

Date Bread Ring and Cinnamon Walnut Bread
Adapted from Sawsan

2 – 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp instant yeast
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp yogurt
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp olive oil or melted butter
1 egg beaten
½ cup warm water or milk
¼ tsp salt

Egg wash or coffee to glaze:
Egg yolk beaten with 1 tbsp water OR
1 tsp coffee+2 tbsp warm milk mixed

Date filling (for one roll):
2 large handfuls of pitted dates
½ tsp cardamom powder
2 tbsp water
Grind all to a smooth paste.

Cinnamon walnut filling:
1 tbsp soft butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
3-4 tbsp chopped walnts
Mix all in a bowl.

Knead by hand or use food processor.
Put 2 cups flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a food processor bowl.
Add oil and pulse few times.
Add yogurt and pulse again to mix.
Add egg and vanilla and mix again.
Add water or milk and mix again.
Add rest of the flour if required. The dough should be slightly sticky and soft.
Knead for few minutes and transfer to an oiled bowl. Cover and leave aside to rise for 2 hrs.
Lightly dust work surface with flour and put the dough on it.
Lightly knead the dough and divide into 2 or 4 equal pieces. (I did 2).
Dust the work surface with flour again and roll to a rectangle shape of uniform thickness.
Roll the date paste like a rope and place on the dough.

Date bread ring 1

Roll the dough over the paste as tightly as possible. Since I did not take care while rolling, my rolls ended up bigger in the centre!
Pinch two ends to join.
With a sharp scissor, snip the ring at regular intervals. Transfer to a baking sheet.
For cinnamon walnut bread, spread butter on the rolled dough.
Sprinkle cinnamon nut filling and roll tightly. Join both ends to make a circle and use scissor to snip at regular intervals.

Dtae bread ring 2

Mix 1 tsp coffee powder and 2 tbsp warm milk. Use this to brush the top of the rolls. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of date bread and almond flakes on top of cinnamon bread.
Leave Aside for 30 min to rise again.

Date bread ring 3

Meanwhile preheat oven to 160 degree. Bake for 10-15 mins until the bottom turns golden brown. If the top doesn’t turn light brown by this time, keep under broiler for few minutes to get the desired colour.
Stay near the oven when the broiler is on or the top will become too brown!!
Cool on a wire rack for sometime.
Slice and serve.

walnut bread 2

Date and Apricot Loaf

Apricot & Date Loaf 1

Date and Apricot Loaf

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 tbsp soft butter
¼ – ½ cup sugar
¾ cup orange juice
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup dried apricots cut into small pieces
½ cup dates cut into small pieces
½ cup walnut pieces (optional)

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Cream sugar, butter and egg in a bowl.
Stir in orange juice and vanilla.
Add flour and stir until just combined.
Fold in apricot, dates and nuts.
Pour into a greased baking pan.
Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degree Celsius for approx. 40 mins.
Cool in pan for 10 mins, invert to wire rack and cool completely.
Slice and serve.