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Date and Pecan Loaf

First loaf of 2021 and it's packed with two of my favorites. It's sweet. It's delicious. And it makes a perfect breakfast (or a snack with your mid-day tea). Yes, I'm taking about a Date and Pecan Loaf.



The best thing about making a loaf is how easy it is. You simply combine dry and wet ingredients, fold in your flavors aka banana, chocolate, nuts and in this case dates and pecan, pour into a loaf pan and bake.


The recipe below will make one standard 9 x 5'' loaf. You can simply double ingredients if you're looking to make a second.


And when it comes to serving this bread...


Just like any other, you can enjoy a slice on it's own. But if you want to jazz it up, spread a good ol' slab of butter or a fun cream cheese spread that we're making below.


For me, the cream cheese spread took the cake. But try all three, and let me know your favorite.



Want more bread/loaf recipes? Here are a few I think you would love!


Date and Pecan Loaf


Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Serves: 1 Standard Loaf


Ingredients:


Loaf:

1 cup chopped dates

1/2 cup boiling water

1/2 cup baking soda

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 cup sugar

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped pecans


Cream Cheese Spread:

6 tbsp cream cheese, softened

2 tbsp chooped dates

2 tbsp chopped pecans

1 tbsp milk


Instructions:


Step 1:

Grease and flour a 9 x 5 '' loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350° F.


Step 2:

In a medium bowl, mix boiling water and baking soda. Place chopped dates in a separate bowl and pour the water and baking soda mix over it. Set aside.


Step 3:

In a large bowl, mix flour, ground cloves, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.


Step 4:

In a another large bowl, beat butter and sugar together until crumbly. Then, beat in the egg and vanilla. Next, add the flour mixture from Step 2 alternately with the date mixture from Step 1 while stirring with a wooden spoon. Finally, fold in the pecans.


Step 5:

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.


Step 6:

Prepare the cream cheese spread by mixing all spread ingredients. Serve with the baked loaf.



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