Date Bread from 1,001 Recipes of Arabia
It’s snowing right now in Baltimore. Once it settles, I want to go outside and play (i.e. run). Right now it’s coming down too hard, so I’ve been doing the next best thing: baking.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped finely
- 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon, grounded, of each: cardamom, cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- Soak the dates in the warm water.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
- With a stand/hand mixer, mix the butter well, add the sugar, and the egg. Allow to mix well.
- Add the flour and soaked dates gradually to the mix. Keep mixing until the dough is smooth. Then add the walnuts and mix until incorporated.
- Roll the dough and place in a greased loaf pan. Bake on the middle rack for about 30-45 minutes until it is a golden brown color.”
I imagine that this date bread would be perfect as a post-run snack–it is high in carbs and features dates, my all time favorite ingredient. However, it is perfect pre-run, too: rich and moist, like banana bread with a kick. I have to pace myself to save some for later.
I can’t wait to try more recipes from 1,001 Recipes of Arabia, and I hope you will check it out, too.