Date/Nut Bread: Comfort Food For Parlous Times

Date/Nut Bread: Comfort Food For Parlous Times

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home-made date and nut loaf

Parlous: an old style phrase which means “stuffed with hazard or precarious.” And it will be silly to disclaim that these are parlous occasions. The greatest is to seek for methods to remain calm. And for me, a type of methods is to verify my household eats properly, retaining consolation meals on the high of the checklist.

What does consolation meals imply to you? My creativeness runs to carbs. But there’s little consolation in noshing on mass-produced snacks in cellophane luggage that the good junk meals producers entice you to purchase. Too usually we undergo a bag of chips, wash it down a mushy drink, and afterwards really feel disgrace, or self-disgust.

The resolution: put in about half an hour of baking or cooking, and produce your personal, hand-made, scrumptious snacks your self. You management the sugar and salt within the dish. You regulate the recipe to your personal choice. And you’ll congratulate your self on selecting the good – to not say economical – means.

I’m keen on old style meals traditions, in addition to of old style phrases. Here’s a contented phrase: tea-time. Some of my cookbooks characteristic old-timey meals just like the date and nut bread above; excellent. Nice and carby, however not decadently unhealthy. It has little sugar relative to the remainder of the elements, and nonetheless satisfies that longing for one thing candy.

Date and Nut Bread is a straightforward, home-made baking powder loaf; excellent with a cup of tea or espresso. It takes minutes to whip up, and bakes 40 minutes within the oven whilst you’re doing one thing else.

Date/Nut Bread
Adapted from The Joy of Cooking 1995 version
Yield: a 9×5” – 23×13 cm. loaf.

Preheat the oven to 350°F – 176°C
Have a medium and a big bowl prepared.


2 tablespoons butter, neutral-flavored oil, or different strong fats of selection
1 egg
1 cup milk of selection
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 cup white or brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup pitted, chopped dates or date paste
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1. In medium bowl:
If utilizing a strong fats, soften it gently and let it cool. Pour it into the medium bowl.
Beat the egg into the melted fats or oil.
Beat the milk and vanilla into the egg combination.
Stir within the melted fats or oil.

2. In massive bowl:
Sift collectively all of the dry elements.

3. Stir the egg/butter combination into the dry combine. Beat properly to mix completely.

4. Fold within the dates and nuts, lifting the dough a number of occasions to distribute them evenly.

5. Bake in a greased or parchment-lined loaf pan for 40 minutes.

Eat it slowly, appreciating your scrumptious handiwork.

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