Wednesday, June 22, 2011

TWD::Date-Nut Loaf



This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was chosen by Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet.  I've never cooked with dates before so this was a real treat for me.  I've had those Christmas candies in the box that are dates, and LOVE them.  I've even had a fresh date to nibble on before and was in a sugar-loving coma!  So, needless to say, I was pretty anxious to make this one. 
 Thankfully, it didn't disappoint.  Despite my baking mishap...notice the sunken center.  I checked it, at a diagonal, even, to make sure it was 100% baked.  Guess my toothpick technique failed me this time.  Sad, but we all have those baking mishaps, so why not document them, too.  In any case, I LOVED this loaf cake.  It was dense, yet light. Tasted extremely well balanced between the buttery brown sugar batter, and the nutty sweetness of the dates and pecans.  I haven't tried it yet, but Dorie says this one gets even better over time, and toasted, with more butter to boot.  I mean, really, what is better than MORE butter, right!? 
Take a minute and see how the other TWD Bakers did with their loaf cakes by going to the TWD Blogroll.  You can also get a copy of this recipe by buying Dorie's book, "Baking: From My Home to Yours".


  1. So glad you liked it too. Thanks so much for baking along with me this week.

  2. I blame my sinking loaves on 'high altitude'. I have had more success using mini loaf pans. Pampered Chef has a stoneware pan that has 4 mini loaves. I have had great success using this pan or other smaller pans.
    This was one tasty bread/cake. We loved it.

  3. You know I started using a skewer so I can get all the way through, including when I make regular bread (sis-in-law tip). This looks good I will have to try!

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  5. Hey Lisa - I can relate to this - I'm not a great baker! So happy to meet you yesterday!




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