I always have a stock of walnut and dates in my pantry, the two things I love to snack on at any time. When BBD#18 - Quick Breads was announced I just knew what I wanted to make. Had this recipe bookmarked since long.
The dates, walnuts and the spices together give the bread an awesome flavor and texture that's just hard to resist.
Recipe from Cakes and Bakes
1 cup chopped pitted dates
3/4cup boiling water
1/4cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4cup soft dark brown sugar
1/4cup caster sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1 1/4cup generous all-purpose flour
2tsp baking powder
3/4tsp freshly grated nutmeg
3/4cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Place the dates in a bowl and pour over the boiling water. Set aside to cool.
Pre-heat the oven to 350˚F/ 180˚C. Line and grease a 9x5in loaf pan.
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and brandy and then set aside.
Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together at least three times.
Fold in the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the dates and water.
Fold in the chopped walnuts.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45mins.
Cool in the tin for 10mins and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.