Pecan, Date and Citrus Loaf
This indulgent loaf is a nutrient powerhouse that’s perfect for morning, noon and night. Impress your guests with this delicious loaf over coffee, or keep it all to yourself and savour a slice with a cup of tea on a cold winter night.
- 1 cup dates (pitted and chopped)
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 1/4 cups plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarb soda
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups pecans (chopped)
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar (you can substitute your favourite dry sweetener here)
- 4 green apples for stewing (you can use apple sauce if you don't want to stew your own apples)
- 1 cup Mixed citrus peel
- Peel and dice four green apples and put into a saucepan over medium to high heat with a 1/4 cup of water. Stir often until and break down the pieces with your spoon.
- When the apple has turned to mush, take off the heat and set aside to cool. When cool, measure out 1 cup worth for the loaf.
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 6.5cm-deep, 9cm x 19cm (base) loaf pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang at both long ends.
- Pour the maple syrup over the dates in and add the lukewarm water. Give it a stir and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Sift flour and bicarb soda together into a bowl. Add oats, pecans and sugar until all dry ingredients are well combined. Add the date mixture, stewed apple and mixed peel and stir until the whole lot is thoroughly mixed.
- Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and smooth the mixture so the top is flat and even. Bake for around an hour or until you can poke a knife or skewer into the middle and it comes out mostly clean,
Serve with butter, creme fraiche, some of our creamy pecan butter or enjoy it on its own!
If you’re like us, this loaf will become a regular with household fights over the last piece. It’s also perfect for customising to suit your own preferences. You can change the sweetener, you can switch out the mixed peel for berries or your favourite fruit… the possibilities are endless.