Date and Walnut Yeast Bread

Been a long time, since I was baking bread. I dreamed of fresh baked bread from Whole Foods, when half of the package of great, but small dates, looked at me from the shelf. I found a handful of walnuts in the freezer (I often keep there nuts and poppy seeds) and made the dream into homemade date-and-walnut bread. Sweet dates and crunchy walnuts work great together. It’s awesome bread for morning toasts too.

Date and Walnut Yeast Bread

Yield: 12 slices

1 cup warm water
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. dry yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. walnut pieces
5 oz. (about 15 ea.) dates, pitted and chopped

Mix together dates, nuts and 1 tsp. flour.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix yeast and cup of warm water. Add flour, sugar and salt, mix well, add softened butter and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Mix in nuts and dates. Cover and let rise for an hour.

Punch dough down, and turn out onto a sprayed with cooking spray surface; let stand 5 minutes. Shape into a loaf, and place into a greased loaf pan.

Cover and let rise in a warm place, 30 minutes or until doubled. I added 1 tsp. wheat bran on top.

Preheat oven to 350F. Bake bread about 40-45 minutes. Let cool and slice in 12 pieces.

1 slice is about 122 calories

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2 Responses to “Date and Walnut Yeast Bread”

  1. Emilija says:

    I wanted to bake this but how much yeast does this bread recipe need? It doesn’t say. And what size pan did you use? Thanks

  2. Olga says:

    Oops, my bad. I use about teaspoon with hip (~1 1/2 tsp) every time. I used regular loaf pan – 5×9.

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