A freshly baked date and walnut loaf on a blue background with patterned tea towel and two slices cut from the bread.
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5 from 11 votes

Rustic Date and Walnut Loaf

This simple rustic loaf is full of flavour from the dates and walnuts. It only needs 5 minutes kneading and one rise. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Rising time1 hr
Total Time40 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: International
Servings: 10
Calories: 249kcal
Author: Kate Hackworthy | Veggie Desserts

Ingredients

  • 500 g (4 1/2 cups) strong white bread flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • 7 g (1 sachet / 2.5 tsp) fast-action dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 300 ml ( 1 1/4 cups) lukewarm water (38°C/100°F)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (plus extra for greasing)
  • 50 g ( 1/2 cup) walnuts roughly chopped
  • 8 pitted dates roughly chopped

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
  • Stir the oil into the water, then add it to the flour and mix well.
  • Lightly flour a work surface, then turn the dough out of the bowl and knead until the dough becomes smooth, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the dates and walnuts to the dough and knead gently until they are incorporated.
  • Place the dough onto a lightly oiled baking sheet, cover with lightly oiled cling film and leave to rise for 1 hour.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F.
  • Remove the cling film from the risen dough, lightly dust the dough with flour, place the tray in the oven on the middle shelf and bake for 35 minutes until done (see below). Allow to cool on a wire rack.

To test the bread for doneness:

  • Insert the tip of a Thermapen digital food thermometer into the centre. If it reads 100°C / 210°F then it’s done. If not, return to the oven for a further 5 minutes.
  • Tap the bottom of the bread. If it’s cooked it will sound hollow, if not bake for a further 5 minutes and test again.

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Notes

To test the bread for doneness: Insert the tip of a Thermapen digital food thermometer into the centre. If it reads 100°C / 210°F then it’s done. If not, return to the oven for a further 5 minutes. Alternatively, tap the bottom of the bread. If it’s cooked it will sound hollow, if not bake for a further 5 minutes and test again.

Nutrition

Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 1.5% | Iron: 14%