You can now definitely tell it’s almost winter. We set the clock back an hour on the weekend, and although this does mean I got an extra hours sleep (yesss) it also means it’s freakin dark by 5 o’clock. My friend was quite amused by my depressed acknowledgement of this fact, as we set off to walk to the bus stop today. The upside: Dark times, call for dark foods.
This date and walnut loaf is easily mixed by hand and baked until a deep amber, crispy, crunchy crust has formed and a hint of golden batter is seen peeking through the cracked top.
It doesn’t rise much, its a dense loaf packed with red wine coloured dates and crunchy walnuts scented with plenty of vanilla extract and brown sugar.
It’s delicious, especially if you try it the rebel’s way; the sweetness balanced with a light swipe of snow white cream cheese, like yin and yang, along side a steaming hot cup of tea. Make sure you grab a few more slices, it’s dark out, so no one will notice..