Tuesdays with Dorie: Date-Nut Loaf

June 21, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in breakfast things, cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 18 Comments
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date-nut loaf

I hate to admit it, but I didn’t think this Date-Nut Loaf seemed like much when it came out of the oven.  It was kind of pale, and when I sliced into it, I thought it looked a little dry.  Boy, I was wrong!  This was a great cake with a cup of coffee for breakfast.  It’s actually really soft and has a tender crumb.  My husband was pumped for this, because he loves dates.  They taste like soft brown sugar nuggets in the cake.

I made a half recipe in my little loaf pan, so I shortened the baking time to under an hour (and didn’t bother to foil tent it).  Because it sounded like a good candidate for a little whole grain flour swapping, I subbed about a quarter of the AP for whole wheat pastry flour.  I haven’t yet tried Dorie’s suggestion of toasting left over slices, but if there’s any remaining tomorrow morning, I might give it a shot.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Popsicles and Sandy Feet, as it was Mary’s pick this week.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

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  1. First of all your photo is beautiful. I do enjoy looking at your photos each week. I agree, this is one amazing loaf, cake, bread, whatever it is I will be making it again. Have a great week.

  2. I agree with your husband about the little date nuggets – yum. This cake looks fab and perfect for nibbling on.

  3. Your loaf looks great – glad you and hubs enjoyed it.

  4. Your photo is fabulous. My cake did come out light and dry. But I used apricots. Maybe the dates made it moister. I’ll try those next time. Yours look really delicious.

  5. My husband loved it also. This is a keeper. Your photo is a beauty.

  6. I had some toasted leftovers for breakfast- highly recommended!

  7. It looks great! I made half the recipe too and used two of my little loaf pans! I used sourcream in place of the cream cheese because I didn’t have any! I love yur picture with the fruit nestled on the side!

  8. Gorgeous photo! I love dates too, but didn’t get this made this week. After all the rave reviews I’m reading, I must make it soon.

  9. so glad u enjoyed it! Looks delicious. I made some changes and ended up with strawberry ricotta bread!

  10. Great looking slice, Steph – so glad you guys enjoyed it! :)

  11. This looks great! I didn’t think of using some whole wheat flour but that’s a great idea!

  12. Love the picture – I know this cake will make a great breakfast tomorrow, too!

  13. Great photo! I really loved this but I love dates so I wasn’t surprised.

  14. beautiful photo. it really turns this cake into an elegant little treat.

  15. good idea to swap in some WWF. And that perfectly describes the taste of the dates in the loaf. This was sooo good. And I don’t even like dates. Do now!! Beautiful pic.

  16. Beautiful photo. I am glad you liked it. Thanks so much for baking along with me this week!

  17. Looks unassuming but delicious :)

  18. Ohhhh, there’s nothing I like more than being suprised by the flavour and taste of something I’ve baked. I must tag this one! :)


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