I am a fan of date loaf, so I was intrigued by this week's Tuesday with Dorie recipe, a Date Nut Loaf, chosen by Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet. The intriguing part of the recipe for me was the addition of cream cheese to the batter, which I have never seen done before.
The date and walnut loaf bakes up big and handsome looking:
However, unfortunately, just like some men of this description, it was slightly disappointing. It was a little on the dry side, and didn't have the same juicy moistness of my Mum's date loaf, where the dates are soaked with a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and boiling water before being added to the cake. Don't get me wrong - this cake is quite pleasant, but it will not replace my existing date loaf recipe.
To get the recipe, buy Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, or visit Mary's website. To see what the other TWD members thought of this cake, visit the LYL section of the TWD website.