Sunday, October 14, 2012

Honey Date Walnut Bread

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Honey Date Walnut Bread
~Sense of Home Kitchen, adapted from Gourmet 1990~

Delicious plain, as well as, with a little homemade crab apple jelly or mascarpone (but then what isn't good with mascarpone).

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups homemade kefir or plain yogurt
2 1/2 cups chopped dried dates tossed with 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 cups chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Butter and flour two 9- x 5-inch bread pans, set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl sift together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the softened butter and honey with an electric mixer, beat in the vanilla, eggs, and kefir or plain yogurt.  Gradually add the flour mixture, beating until just combined.  Stir in dates and walnuts.  Divide the batter between the two prepared 9- x 5-inch pans and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until tester comes out clean.  Cool on rack.

Serve plain or topped with mascarpone or homemade jellies.

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