Date Walnut Bread

Date Walnut Bread

 

There is something comforting about this date-walnut bread. I like to have it with my afternoon coffee or tea. It is simply amazing.
 

Ingredients:


For the dough:


8 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
5 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 ¼ cups lukewarm water
8 tablespoons butter, melted

For the date filling:


500 g./1 lb. 2 oz. dates, pitted
1 egg, lightly beaten
¾ cup/1 ½ sticks butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup walnuts, roughly crushed

For the glaze before baking:


1 egg, lightly beaten
A drop of vanilla extract

For the white glaze:


½ cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon milk


Directions:
 

For the dough:

 

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and dry yeast.
Add the butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and warm water. Knead thoroughly until it is of one texture (you may need to add more water than the called amount, depending on the type of flour).
Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and set aside to double in size.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling:

 

Place the pitted dates in a food processor and pulse to a paste. Add the beaten egg and blend. Set aside.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add the date paste mixture and vanilla, mix with a wooden spoon.
Once the mixture starts to loosen a bit, set aside.
When the dough is ready, sprinkle some flour on a counter top and divide the dough into three equal portions.
Taking one piece of the dough at a time, spread using a rolling pin to a rectangle of 11/4cm /½ inch thick.
Spread ⅓ of the filling evenly over the dough and sprinkle some walnuts
Roll the dough from bottom to top, exerting pressure as you roll, to get a tight log.
Transfer the dough to a lightly greased oven sheet.

In a small bowl, mix the ingredients of the glaze before baking, and use it to brush the top of the dough. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Bake in a preheated oven to 200°C/400°F for about 15-20 minutes or until it turns golden. Set aside

 

For the white glaze:

In a pot over medium heat mix the icing sugar and milk until the ingredients have completely dissolved. Drizzle over the date loaves. Enjoy!

 

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