Monday, November 1, 2010

Cinnamon and Spice Bread with Dates and Walnuts

This afternoon I made the World's Best Bread, otherwise known as "Mission Impossible" in our house.
Honestly, have you ever tried to bake something with 4 kids in the house? Not so straight forward. But I did it and I'd do it again for this amazing bread. In fact, I'm really having a hard time calling it a bread. It's so delicious and wonderful it's really more of a cake without all the sugar. I've lovingly adapted this recipe from one of my fav blogs, Anja's Food For Thought.  I added nutmeg and cloves for extra Fall aroma's ( we'll take all we can get here in Phoenix) and subbed chopped dates for the raisins because I already had them and I added walnuts to the bread and topping. Just look at this list of ingredients, so healthy and delicious!
I strongly suggest you try this bread whatever obstacles may be hindering you from baking!! It's all kinds of worth it! Before you start baking away, take a peek at Anja's amazing blog! She has a truly natural and healthy approach to eating and I have personally made several of her delicious and simple recipes.




ummmm, ignore the fact that half of the loaf of bread seems to be missing.....







YIELDS  1 small loaf, I doubled this for 1 large loaf
You Will Need:

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup warm milk

1/2 cup chopped dates or raisins

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

1/3 cup palm sugar ( I used Raw, Organic sugar)

2 eggs

1/4 cup plain, fat free yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cloves


Topping

1/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon palm sugar

1 tablespoon butter



Putting it all together:
Combine oats, warm milk and dates in bowl, cover, let stand for 20-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Line loaf tin with parchment paper.

Beat butter and sugar in  bowl or stand mixer until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Whisk until well incorporated, before adding the next one. Stir in yogurt and vanilla. Stir in oat mixture.

In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and spices. Combine wet and dry ingredients.

For the topping, combine oats, nuts, cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. Rub in butter with your finger tips or using a small spoon until mixture becomes crumbly.

Pour cake batter into prepared loaf tin. Sprinkle with topping . Bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick come out clean. ( if you double the recipe add 10-13 more minutes bake time)  Let cool in the tin for 10 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

15 comments:

  1. It looks amazing! Even more so considering you have 4 kids. I have such a hard time cooking and baking with all the kids around sometimes.

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  2. This looks delish! Thanks for posting. We had to share it with our followers and the rest of the walnut lovers out there.

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  3. I just brought my 8 year old niece over to look at this delectable both of bread! We both couldn't help but exclaim "Yummy!" We are big fans of cinnamon and spice, so I know that this bread would be devoured. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Thank you all! The cinnomony crunchy topping was what sealed the deal! Soooo good! Don't forget to check out Anja's site!
    Happy Sharing!

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  5. I think even the "white bread lover" that lives here would like this, thanks.

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  6. Thanks for passing on this recipe. I am glad you like it and the previous comments are very positive too. I take a little credit for that if you don't mind :-)

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  7. Hi Gwen, thanks for participating in Sundays at One Food Club. Loved that you joined us! Your recipe looks amazing and already have it down in my recipe box because I've never made anything with dates. So definitely have to try it. Hope you stop by on Sunday!

    Angie @ Cocina Diary
    http://cocinadiary.blogspot.com

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  8. Wow, that really does look like a cake. But you know it's gotta be good if it's a crowd pleaser. How often can you make a recipe without someone complaining about some element of it! Oy. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  9. Bread, cake - doesn't matter it looks delicious! I love bread with "stuff" in it! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Hearth and soul Hop!

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  10. Thank you SO much for sharing your incredibly healthy and yummy recipe on my link-up! I featured it today as one that I felt was most inspirational for healthy recipes! I hope that you stop by again this weekend with another great post! Roz

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  11. Thank you SO much for sharing your incredibly healthy and yummy recipe on my link-up! I featured it today as one that I felt was most inspirational for healthy recipes! I hope that you stop by again this weekend with another great post! Roz

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  12. Wow, that really does look like a cake. But you know it's gotta be good if it's a crowd pleaser. How often can you make a recipe without someone complaining about some element of it! Oy. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  13. Hi Gwen, thanks for participating in Sundays at One Food Club. Loved that you joined us! Your recipe looks amazing and already have it down in my recipe box because I've never made anything with dates. So definitely have to try it. Hope you stop by on Sunday!

    Angie @ Cocina Diary
    http://cocinadiary.blogspot.com

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  14. Bread, cake - doesn't matter it looks delicious! I love bread with "stuff" in it! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Hearth and soul Hop!

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  15. Certainly does seem your bread is packed with wholesome goodness and deliciousness. How lucky your children are to have a mommy who cares about health and taste =)

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