I have taken an old-fashioned recipe for Date-Nut Bread and given it a few new twists. This simple quick bread is delicious, and classically served with cream cheese you can’t go wrong for breakfast, brunch and snacking.
There’s something about winter and colder weather that gives me the urge to bake. And for some reason, date-nut bread has been on my mind lately. So, I decided to take an old-fashioned recipe and give it a few tweaks.
In this version rather than using coffee, I have used apple cider. The liquid you use needs a bit of acidity, so the apple cider was a nice substitute. Also, I’ve added cinnamon (because I love date-nut bread with it in there) and I’ve also added just a bit of jam.
The latter addition is because I have also been craving a jam cake (coming in a post soon). The jam I used was a tart cherry, so I’ve added some dry tart cherries to my cream cheese.
I was in heaven when this bread came out of the oven. I hope you’ll give it a try!
- 2 cups chopped dates
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup hot apple cider
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons jam (I used tart cherry)
- 1 tablespoon bourbon
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Lightly grease a standard-sized loaf pan.
- Place the dates, brown sugar, butter, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
- Pour the hot apple cider into the bowl and stir to combine.
- Allow the mixture to cool for about 5 minutes.
- Add the egg, vanilla, bourbon, baking powder, and flour.
- Beat gently until completely mixed.
- Stir in the pecans (or nut of your choice).
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
- Place the loaf pan into the preheated oven and bake the bread for 45 to 55 minutes (after 30 minutes baking, cover the loaf pan with foil to prevent over-browning).
- Remove the bread from the oven when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- After 10 minutes, turn the bread out of the pan onto a rack to cool.
- Cool completely before slicing.
- Serve with cream cheese.