Datenut Bread with Coffee & Pecans

It's been 10 years, and here we are again, enjoying a slice of date-nut bread together.

Maybe with a "schmear" of cream cheese, like a good Jewish girl....or toasted with a pat of butter.

Either way, my tried and true date-nut bread made with olive oil and orange zest and walnuts is just perfection.

But there might be an even better recipe, if that is possible! One that uses less sugar (only calls for 2 tablespoons, but I upped it a bit)....and instead of my recipe that soaks the dates in boiling water, this one soaks them in hot strong coffee.

That mixed with my homemade vanilla (Grey Goose vodka with some vanilla pods....stupid easy), this could be my new favorite date-nut recipe.

It comes from the beautiful cookbook Around the World in 80 Dishes by photographer and food maven David Loftus.

I received this book for my birthday from a friend, and it is quite lovely. It is available new in the UK only (but you can find it used on amazon). My book had metric measurements, so I adapted them to US cups and tablespoons for you.

Datenut Loaf w/ Coffee & Pecans:

1 cup pitted dates (I like Deglet Noor), chopped
1 cup (8 oz.) hot strong coffee
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar (you can use less, but I like a sweeter date-nut loaf)
3 tbsp melted butter
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Sprinkle baking soda on the chopped dates and soak in the hot coffee to soften.

In another large bowl, mix the egg, vanilla, sugar and butter together. Add in the flour and nuts, then pour in the coffee soaked dates with the coffee. Mix until all ingredients are combined.

Pour into a parchment lined standard size loaf pan and bake in a preheated 350F oven for 55 minutes.

This could be my new favorite date-nut bread! (I wish they would bring Thomas' round date-nut loaf back, it was so good!).


Bebe said…
While visiting the UK some years back, I bought a metric measuring cup and a set of metric measuring spoons.

Worth their weight in gold for recipes from UK publications.

There was no Amazon when I bought mine. I imagine they are now available online.
Stacey Snacks said…

I must be a moron.....I never looked at my Pyrex glass measuring cups until now.....they ALL have Metric measurements for liquids (ML) on the other sides!!! DUH.

Anonymous said…
Hi Stacey: This sounds SO good! Will be making this VERY soon! Another winner! :)
Your "Maine" friend,
Carol said…
This recipe sounds great!! How long should I soak the dates? I want to make it today. I do not drink coffee...should I buy a cup of coffee @ Starbucks?
Anonymous said…
Looks Delish - going to make this with Trader Joe's Sweet & Spicy Pecans - what do you think?
Stacey Snacks said…

Soak the dates a few minutes, until soft.....and I guess you can buy a cup of coffee at any coffee shop! Dunkin Donuts is fine too! Even instant coffee is fine, as long as it's HOT and strong.

I tried baking w/ the TJ's sweet n spicy nuts once and it did nothing to impart an interesting flavor to the cake, instead I sprinkled them on top of a cake and that was better........just stick with regular pecans if you have them.

Anonymous said…
One question from a Chef.... But first let me say this looks INCREDIBLE!.
Have you tried any GF Flours ? Cup for Cup etc ?
Regardless I am going to make this Date Bread Straight Away !!!
And the photos are wonderful !!!