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Date Walnut Bread

Posted by Chaya.

Modern Baker is a new group, just starting, this month.  I am happy with their method of handling the recipes.  We know what we are going to make for the next three months and we do it, in the order we want, when we want within that three month frame.  The book, we are using is the Modern Baker by Nick Malgieri.  The book has lots of good information besides wonderful recipes.  It would be wonderful, if some of you would purchase the book, and bake with us, if that is possible.  So far, I have had only success with the recipes, I have made.

By the time I joined, there were several members.  The way we get our personal recipe to share is selecting it from a list and committing to make it and write it up.  Only two recipes were left and I had  plenty of hesitation about making this bread.  I am not sure, I have had a date since childhood.  That is the kind of date you eat.  As far as the remaining aspects of the bread, I was thrilled.  It is an easy quick bread to put together and it has nuts which qualifies it as a winner for my husband.

I did make it gluten free which means that my results might differ from those of others.  It was delicious.

For me, the first step, was to get over my “fear” of dates.  I opened the package with no clue what to do with these “items”.  I got out my kitchen shears and started cutting them into smaller pieces.  I figured, if we did not like them, at least the pieces would not be as overwhelming.  As it turns out, dates are delicious and I am totally open to recipes with dates.

The only extra step compared to other quick breads was pouring boiling water over the dates and adding butter and waiting an hour.  Can you imagine, this had one tablespoon of butter in it?  Only one tablespoon….. 

 My bread was a bit crumbly, not the crumbly that you can’t eat, but it was short of perfect.  The taste was excellent, with the blend of walnuts and dates.  Walnuts gave it the crunch, dates gave it the flavor.  My criteria is usually my husband’s reaction and this cake was a success.  I would make it again.

I messed up my photos because, I made a sweet potato cake, a day apart from this recipe, and got the pictures mixed up, having used the same cake pan.  New rule – use different pans when baking close together.



1. Nick Malgieri - April 26, 2010

I’m very curious about how you made the recipe gluten free. Of course that’s also what changed the texture… Glad you’re now a date lover – they’re wonderful and so sweet…

chayacomfycook - May 9, 2010

Nick, I use a mixture of 2 cups brown rice flour, 2/3 cup potato starch adn 1/3 cup tapioca flour. Actually, I make up a tremendous container and substitute it for the same amount of flour with a teaspoon of guar gum or xanthan gum for each cup.

All your recipes, that I have made are gluten free and they all have come out beautifully. I made the corn bread tonight and it was superb.

2. Kayte - April 26, 2010
3. ap269 - April 25, 2010

Hmm, the link to Karen’s post doesn’t work. Here it is again: http://threecleversisters.com/2010/04/13/modern-baker-challenge-date-walnut-bread/

4. ap269 - April 25, 2010
5. ap269 - April 22, 2010

Check out Karen’s (she is one of Sara’s sisters) post: http://tinyurl.com/2u3bjcj

6. gaaarp - April 21, 2010
7. gaaarp - April 21, 2010

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