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Honey and date bread – breakfast loaf

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” – Buddha

One of my new year resolution was that I will be more disciplined in my life, not that I am seeking nirvana but to have more control on my life but as the days passed, my procrastinate mind keep shuffling the things, priorities takes a back seat and everything goes awry and without any rhymes or reasons things doesn’t fall in places as they should be. As the month of  January slowly draws to an end I realised how many things I planned for the month but couldn’t accomplish, some due to my laid back attitude and some for the lack of discipline in my life.

This is more apparent when a self-imposed strict regimen of morning walk becomes intermittent , as the weather fluctuates so my regimen too ! To keep myself more focussed and to hone further my baking skills, I also thought of baking a bread every week, but it did not materialise, for some reason or other. On top of the things I become a self-confessed computer game addicts, I can play for hours …unending !

So when life slowly slips through your hand, like grains of sand, it is best to focus on something that you love to do, for me it is reading a book, fiction or non fiction whichever depends on my mood and this in turn hopes to bring the focus back on my life. This is what my understanding or my philosophy and so in the past week I decided to switch off my TV, got disconnected from FB (sometimes these are seriously distracting) and devoted myself completely to the books that I loves to read, it rekindles my passion for reading and at the end of day it makes me lot happier and contented.

Apart from leading a more disciplined life, I also thought of kicking out the HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) products from my pantry, and that means I have to cook or bake things that I previously used to buy from my regular grocer. Attributing HFSC alone to the cause of obesity or high blood sugar may sound erroneous to many but after having consumed such products on a day-to-day basis,  few months later its impact on the health is much more pronounced and visible. And it may also give rise to other health complications too. So from this year I literally impose a ban on such HFCS product at my home and to start with I stop buying commercial bread which are laced with HFSC.

At home we are highly dependent on bread and sandwiches for our breakfast, even the Indian style breakfast food simply become non-existent for us, partially due to the ease of cooking (toasting bread is lot simpler !) in rush hour morning time and it is more adaptive and convenient too. So in the light of present self realisation we are trying to bring back those healthy Indian style breakfast in our diet whenever possible and the days which are just marked for bread, I started baking my own breakfast loaf .

To begin with I have baked this date and honey loaf, it is simple, nothing complicated flavours, just spread some butter or cream cheese over it and you will fall in love with this.  Honey keeps the bread moist and who doesn’t loves dates in a bread ! With few sprinkles of toasted sesame on top of it, can give a tough competition to your local baker even ! Dont believe me, just bake this moist and delicious loaf and we can then discuss things over a slice of this bread!

Recipe: Honey and date bread

Summary: Simple honey and date moist bread topped with toasted sesame for the breakfast.

Ingredients

  • Bread flour (strong) : 2 cups
  • Salt : 1/2 tsp
  • Active dry yeast : 1 packet
  • Lukewarm water : 3/4 cup
  • Oil (sunflower) : 3 tbsp
  • Honey : 3tbsp
  • Dates (chopped and pitted) : 1 1/2 cup
  • Sesame seeds : 2 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Grease a two pound loaf pan.
  2. Sift the flour into a large bowl and stir in salt and yeast.
  3. Pour in the water, oil and honey.
  4. Mix everything together to form a dough.
  5. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until smooth.
  6. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Knead in the dates and sesame seeds.
  8. Shape the dough and place in the pan.
  9. Cover and leave in a warm place for another 30 minutes or until springy to the touch.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven at 425 F for 30 minutes or until a hollow sound can be heard when the base of the loaf is tapped with knuckles.
  11. Transfer the loaf to a wire rack and let it cool.
  12. Serve the thick cut slices with plain butter or with some cheese spread.

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of yields 1 loaf

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars: ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Hope you will love this recipe, until next

Sukanya

11 Comments

  • Reply
    Veena
    January 23, 2013 at 3:41 am

    perfectly baked bread
    http://great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com

  • Reply
    Suman Arthy
    January 23, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Perfect and delicious looking dates bread…love the addition of dates…

  • Reply
    Joyti
    February 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    That breakfast loaf looks delicious! Yum….

    • Reply
      saffronstreaks
      February 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you Jyoti ! It is indeed a pleasure to bake breakfast loaf, honey and dates being my favourite combo.

  • Reply
    Lindsey
    March 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Hello, just stopping by to say this recipe caught my eye-love the dates & honey 🙂 I also have a food blog but do not bake very often and this bread seems simple enough for even me to try! Thanks!

    • Reply
      saffronstreaks
      March 25, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Welcome Lindsey, dates and honey are just made for each other, give it a try and am sure you will love it.

  • Reply
    Jyoti
    September 30, 2013 at 7:01 am

    How much is 1 packet active dry yeast?

    • Reply
      saffronstreaks
      September 30, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Hi Jyoti, 1 packet active dry yeast = 2 1/4 teaspoon.

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    Amy
    November 7, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    hello, how much 1 cup is? do you mean US cup?

    • Reply
      saffronstreaks
      November 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Yes measures are as per US standards.

      • Reply
        Amy
        November 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

        Thank you. I’ll give it a go:)

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