This is an old fashion bread that I've adopted from an ninety years old reader from a woman magazine. It is a teacake/coffee cake that meant to be eaten freshly made with the accompany of tea or coffee. Because it doesn't use a lot of butter in the recipe, the texture of the bread is a bit dry. It is usually served with a generous amount of butter to moisten and enhance the flavour of the bread. Imagine spreading butter to the warm bread and the butter melted and soaked into the bread, Yum! It's also a great idea for kid's lunch box with the goodness of fruit and nuts.
In Australia, banana bread, muffins and brownie are the most popular homebake. Maybe we have just forgotten about this old fashion bread and I reckon we should bake this bread more often to keep this recipe to last from generation to generation.
Have a Happy Mother's Day!
Date & Walnuts Loaf
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- Pre heat oven at 180c.
- Pour water into a small saucepan, add dates and butter and let it boil. Take away from heat and add the bicarbonate of soda. Let it cool a bit.
- Mix the flour and sugar into a mixing bowl, add beaten eggs and then add the dates mixtures. Stir well and finally add the walnuts. Top the bread with 3 extra whole walnuts.
- Pour the dough into a paper lined loaf tin, bake for 40 minutes.