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Date And Walnut Loaf

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Ingredients
  Fresh compressed yeast 1 Ounce
  Warm water 1⁄2 Pint
  Black treacle 3 Tablespoon (Molasses)
  Butter 2 Ounce, melted
  Whole-wheat flour 1 Pound
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Stoned pitted dates 2 Ounce, chopped
  Walnuts 2 Ounce, chopped
Directions

Cream the yeast with 4 tablespoons (1/3 cup) water.
Heat remaining water to boiling then add the treacle and butter.
Cool until lukewarm.
Place the flour and salt in a warmed mixing bowl.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the treacle mixture, yeast liquid, dates and walnuts.
With a wooden spoon, draw the ingredients together and beat to form a smooth, soft dough.
Continue to beat for 3-4 minutes.
Cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Turn onto a well floured board and knead for 4 minutes.
Divide in half, form each piece into a loaf shape and place in greased 1 lb.loaf tins.
Put the tins in an oiled polythene (plastic) bag and leave to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
Remove from bag.
Bake in a hot oven, 425°F, Gas Mark 7 for 35-40 minutes.
Turn onto a wire tray to cool.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Interest: 
Everyday

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