The Iraqi Family Cookbook

The Iraqi Family Cookbook
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Monday, March 26, 2007

Date Nut Bread كيكة التمر

This is one of my favorite  breads. The combination of dates and cardamom is delicious! This bread taste even better the next day.
Date Nut Bread

2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup chopped walnuts for topping
3/4 cup water
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Soak dates in 3/4 cup of water and microwave for 1 minute to soften it.
Beat the eggs and sugar in a bowl. Add butter, and water with dates and stir. Gradually add the flour, salt and spices as you stir the batter. Add the baking powder and baking soda and stir. Add walnuts and combine.
Line a bread pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter in the pan, and sprinkle ¼ cup of chopped walnuts on top. Place the pan in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

Leave it to cool for 15 minutes. Flip the bread pan on a wire rack to cool well. You can wrap it in foil and refrigerate it or freeze it for later use