Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Date & Walnut No Fat/Sugar Tea Bread...



Ok, so straight off the bat I should say there is no refined sugar/fats other than that in fruit or honey.

Ingredients:

2 medium bananas (7" approx)
Honey - set or runny
Boiling Water
Juice of one orange (or 50ml from carton)
3 Tablespoons Oat-bran or Porridge oats
3 Eggs
Tsp Baking Powder
Tbsp Mixed Spice or any other flavour you like (ginger works really well especially if you swap a lemon for the orange)
250g Plain Flour or Spelt (if you use spelt this can be kinder on those who suspect wheat intolerance)
100g Chopped Walnuts
250g Sultanas
100g chopped dates

  • Preheat oven to 160 or 140 (fan oven)
  • Mash the bananas in your mixing bowl with a fork
  • Boil the kettle and using just boiled water, add 2 tablespoons of honey to 100ml of very hot water, stir and wait to dissolve
  • Add the eggs to the banana mush
  • Squeeze the juice from your orange and if you like a really zingy loaf - grate the zest into your bowl too
  • Add the honeyed water and using a whisk beat it all together lightly
  • Now it's time for the dry ingredients, add the flour (I never bother to sift it personally), Oatbran, Baking powder and Spice - fold it all in gradually
  • Give it a good stir and add in the rest of your dried fruits and nuts
  • Place at the bottom of your oven and bake for 40 minutes, after this, test with a skewer to make sure cooked through - if not, allow the cake 10minutes more. The texture should be quite dense and heavy and won't collapse if you press the top.
  • There are a couple of changes you can make to lower the calorie content of this (probably 3300 for whole loaf) - they are to use wholewheat flour/spelt, don't add the walnuts or dates and replace that content with skinned small chunks of apple instead - cuts out over 1200 calories wow! Although I have to say that sometimes calories isn't the whole story - there is a lot of good fat in nuts and fibre in the dates etc bleurgh to it all.
  • Slice whilst still warm and serve with a lovely steaming mug of tea (the bread is lovely with a nice spread of butter - but there goes the no added fat thing)x

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