Sunday, June 07, 2009

Sweet Date and Cashew Bread

Mmmmmmmmm. That's really all I could say on Friday night after this loaf came out of my oven. Mostly because I had my mouth FULL of this really delightful cake. It was everything I wanted in a loaf (bread? cake?) came out moist, tasting of the dates, and holding its shape in a most wonderful way. I was inspired by Swell Vegan's Date Syrup of this week, but was reading Celine's website when I was taken oven by the desire to marry the dates and cake...and this is what I got!

Sweet Date and Cashew Bread

1 cup of oat flour
1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda

1 1/12 cups of dates
1 cup of chopped cashews
3/4 cup of soymilk
1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup of dark vegany sugar
1 tbsp of vanilla
1/3 of vegan margarine

I started the recipe by chopping up the dates, quite tiny-tiny and letting them soak in some hot water, setting them aside. I also started the 'curdling' of the soymilk by adding the vinegar to it and also setting it aside. I took the brown sugar and margarine (I am sure you could use oil here), and set my hand mixer on these two ingredients. I added the soymilk and vanilla, again, giving it a good mix. It was a warm brown colour at this point, and smelled super yummy of vanilla.

I sifted the flours, baking soda and baking powder together, and added the dry to the wet. I drained the dates and added them to the mix, along with the cashews. Giving it one last good mix, I put the whole thing into a loaf pan and stuck it into a pre-heated (350) oven and baked it for 50 minutes.

Super nummy good.

Vegan Mommy Update: Had some false labour this morning. Yikes. I have been experiencing 'practice' contractions for about two months, but, unlike those, these ones HURT. Will keep you updated!


Anonymous said...

Contractions!!! How exciting!
I love date bread, and yours just looks delicious. I was also inspired by A-K's date syrup...and went to the green grocier and they didn't have any - out of season. Guess I'l have to go to the supermarket, because now I really need some dates!

jessy said...

i have never had date bread before - and i'm not too sure why i haven't because i absolutely adore dates - and cashews, too! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! keep us updated - contractions sound like they're not much fun, but that's really exciting! you're coming up fast on getting to meet your wee one! oh my gosh - that's so awesome! wahoooooo!

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

This looks delicious! As soon as the Green Smoothie Cleanse is complete, I may just have to give this one a go!

Nicole ( said...

Delicious! I must try this out!

Cyn said...

Your date bread looks fantastic! Cashews are really the best in anything, too.

veggievixen said...

sweet recipe! i love dates and cashews both. good luck with "practice." sorry it hurts :(

Dutch girl loves2bake said...

Oh that looks so good!

Lauren said...

Dates and cashews = HEAVEN! Lovely bread!!

How exciting that your baby will be here soon!! :) I bet you can't wait!

Virginia said...

the bread sounds awesome! and how exciting that you are getting closer to meeting your little one!!! can't wait to meet him!!

Millie said...

Love your blog. I am posting it on my vegan blog:

Anonymous said...

This sounds delicious! I love cashews and dates together.

Jason Alvarez said...

I'm absolutely in love with sweet date bread, and this recipe looks phenomenal. Thanks for putting it all together. (: