Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy baking cookies, cakes, breads, pies, muffins, cupcakes, and much more.
What Are Dates?
Don't be shocked. Not everyone has heard of this delicious fruit. And even those who do know about dates might think of them only as a snack or sweet treat. You might not realize the healthy role they can play in your diet.
Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree, which grows in many countries in the Middle East, as well as in tropical climates. In recent years, dates have become popular in many countries due to their health benefits.
Dates Have Many Health Benefits
This wrinkly textured fruit is chewy and has a sweet flavor. The sugar content in dates is very high, and that sugar intensifies as dates are dried. However, years of studies suggest that these sweet fruits may help relieve constipation, control cholesterol levels, support a healthy pregnancy, and much more.
When I was young, during the fasting month, I remember that my mother would encourage us to consume a few dates during the pre-dawn meal so that we wouldn't feel tired throughout the day. It is true that dates are high in fiber and can be a good source of quick energy.
Making Date Bread
This is my second time making date bread. It is super delicious, and my husband loves it very much! It is very similar to banana bread, but this time you're using dates instead of bananas. This bread is perfect for breakfast or a snack.
There are many ways to prepare the dates—but first, you need to remove the pits. Slicing a date lengthwise will allow you to just pop the small pit out. You can cut them completely in half if you want, or just leave them with a little hole in them. You can see how I do it in the photo below.
Did you know that you can also use dates in your smoothies? Just chop them into small pieces, throw them in a blender, add some milk, and blend. Yummy!
This date bread is both healthy and delicious. I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we do!
- 1 cup pitted dates, sliced or chopped
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 large egg
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Grease a 9x4-inch loaf pan with butter or nonstick baking spray. Set aside.
- In a pitcher, combine the chopped dates, baking soda, and boiling water. Let it stands for 15 minutes or more.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour with baking powder. Set aside.
- In a larger bowl, combine the dark brown sugar and butter. Beat them together with a mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add the vanilla and egg. Continue to beat until blended.
- Combine the wet mixture with the flour mixture. Beat the mixture for a few minutes or until it is combined.
- Pour the date mixture into the wet mixture. Beat for 3 minutes or until it is evenly combined. (The batter will be thin, but don't worry. That's how it should be.)
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes, or until the bread is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it cool slightly.
- Place the bread on a wire rack or cutting board.
- Slice the bread and enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee or tea.
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