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Date Loaf

  Dry yeast 3 Teaspoon
  Warm water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Whole wheat flour 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs), divided
  Honey 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped dates 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Eggs 2 , beaten
  Raw sunflower seeds 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), chopped
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Allspice 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon

Dissolve yeast in warm water.
Add 1 cup of the flour.
Mix until spongy.
Let rise until light and frothy.
Add the remaining flour and the honey, dates, beaten eggs, sunflower seeds, salt, and spices.
Blend well.
It should be a fairly firm mixture.
Spoon into a greased 9 x 5-inch bread pan, cover with a cloth, and let rise until nearly doubled in bulk (about 40 minutes).
Bake at 375° 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean.
Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
Stir into lukewarm milk mixture.
Add whole wheat flour and beat vigorously.
Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes.
Stir down.
Add remaining ingredients.
The dough should be just stiff enough to handle.
Tum out onto a lightly floured board or pastry cloth and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10-15 minutes.
Place in a greased bowl, brush with oil, cover, and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch down.
Knead lightly 1-2 minutes.
Form into a round loaf.
Place on a large greased baking sheet, cover, and let rise about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
Bake at 400° 10 minutes.
Reduce heat to 350° and continue baking about 40 minutes until lightly browned and loaf sounds hollow when tapped on bottom.
Cool on a wire rack.
Frost with Confectioners Icing and decorate with more nuts and fruit.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2479 Calories from Fat 311

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 36 g56.1%

Saturated Fat 6 g30%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 423 mg141%

Sodium 1160 mg48.3%

Total Carbohydrates 513 g170.9%

Dietary Fiber 63.7 g254.7%

Sugars 239.1 g

Protein 76 g151.2%

Vitamin A 11.6% Vitamin C 5.3%

Calcium 35.4% Iron 121.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Date Loaf Recipe