Dates and Granola Bread

Dates and Granola Bread

Ever since I bought those plump Deglet Noor dates about two weeks back, I have been wanting to make this Dates and Granola Bread that I have not made for sometime. I wasn’t quite satisfied with it back then as it was a little dry and the the dates tasted a little too strong. The recipe needed some adjustments. With that in mind, my goal this time was to make a more tender, moist, and flavorful loaf. I truly believe the type of flour and quality of dates used would make a difference.

This recipe was adapted from my favorite The Cooks Encyclopedia of Bread Machine Baking cookbook. I used organic whole oat flour instead of whole wheat flour and substituted and reduced the amount of unsweetened muesli with coconut almond granola. In place of sunflower oil, I used extra virgin olive oil. The loaf turned out beautifully this time. It was tender and flavorful with a beautiful crust. Fresh bread is always so good eaten on its own with a little butter but this is also delicious as a sandwich bread.

Dates and Granola Bread

Dates and Granola Bread

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

Dates and Granola Bread

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups (300ml) water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2½ cups (375g) unbleached bread flour
  • ¾ cup (105g) whole oat flour
  • 1 cup coconut almond granola
  • 3 tbsp non-fat dry milk
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp rapid rise dry yeast
  • ½ cup pitted dates, chopped

Instructions

Pour water, olive oil, and honey into bread machine pan. Sprinkle bread flour, oat flour, and granola over liquid. Add dry milk and salt in separate corners of bread pan. Make a shallow indentation in the center of flour and add the yeast. Set bread machine to dough setting and press the start button.

When dough cycle has completed, place dough on a lightly floured surface. Punch down gently and shape into a plump round. Place on a baking sheet. Using a sharp knife make 3 cuts on the top about ½ inch deep to divide the bread into 6 sections. Cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap and set aside to rise for 30 to 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Bake for 30 minutes. Remove and place on wire rack to cool.

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Dates and Granola Bread

Dates and Granola Bread

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

20 Responses

  1. shahana says:

    Wow! So tempting!
    Im going to try this soon.

  2. Kamalika says:

    You always have wornderful and delectable bread recipes…I also love the way you present ur dishes…I always thought of baking breads..but still now do not able to gather the full confidence…Inspired by u I am feeling to step on ur shoe and should bake my fisrt bread…

  3. Tina says:

    Wow..so perfect and delicious bread…Nice and beautiful clicks too dear…

  4. luvtoeat says:

    That bread looks moist and tasty. I'm always intimidated when it comes to baking. I admire people who can bake such wonderful treats for their family.

    Those lillies are lovely. Rabbits are so cute but can be such pests. We used to grow strawberries and the rabbits would eat the strawberries and leave us little brown treats. Teehee.

  5. denise @ quickies on the dinner table says:

    Oh goodness! I love dates! Have you ever tried Sticky Toffee Pudding? It's probably my all time favourite dessert and it's loaded with dates! I have to try this – the combination of oat, granola and dates sounds to good to pass up. Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

  6. denise @ quickies on the dinner table says:

    @ luvtoeat – do you mean brownies?! *innocent look* heehee

  7. Biren says:

    @shahana – Thanks!

    @Kamalika – Thank you and I hope you will give it a try. It really is easier than it looks especially with a bread machine :)

    @Tina – Thanks!

    @luvtoeat – Thank you. I enjoy making breads more than cakes. Since hubby bought me the bread machine 6 to 7 years ago, I make a loaf every 2 to 3 days. Homemade breads are the best!

    I have given up on growing strawberries because we never get to eat them….sigh** See denise's comment below LOL!

    denise@quickies on the dinner table – I had a choice between Medjool and Deglet Noor dates and chose the latter. These are firmer and a little less sweet. I've been snacking on them. The coconut almond granola is one of my favorites but use any kind that you like.

    No, I have not tried Sticky Toffee Pudding. Maybe you can make it and share the recipe ;)

    Heehee….you two!!! I guess they are kind of like brownies LOL!

  8. Cherine says:

    This bread looks Fantastic!!

  9. 5 Star Foodie says:

    This bread sounds amazing with dates!

  10. Spicie Foodie says:

    Great recipe & photos! coconut almond granola , yum!

  11. Scott K says:

    Another one that goes on my list to make soon!

  12. Safe Home Happy Mom says:

    Now, just serve it all up and send to me. I would love to try those!

    Welcome to MBC, be sure to join the Google Friend Connect (GFC) group to get more followers for your blog! Hope to see you soon.

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  13. MaryMoh says:

    That's a very lovely homemade loaf. Homemade bread is always the best, both in flavour and texture. Those lilies are very pretty. Spring is here so I'm very happy :D

  14. Mary says:

    This is a gorgeous loaf of bread, Biren. I don't know how I missed it, but your blog is new to me. I love what you are doing here and will be back often to see what you've been cooking. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  15. Cinnamon-Girl says:

    What a delicious loaf of bread! I love the dates in it and the oat flour. I love baking with oat flour for it's nice flavor. And I can't resist dates!

  16. bunkycooks says:

    This bread looks delicious! I need to find time to make this recipe!

  17. Rick says:

    When I saw this, I craved about 25 different sandwiches with this bread! Imagine french toast! Bread Pudding!

  18. Biren says:

    @Cherine – Thanks Cherine!

    @5 Star Foodie – Thanks Natasha!

    @Spicie Foodie – Thank you! That coconut almond granola is my absolte favorite. I eat it as a snack.

    @Scott K – As a food blogger, we have a long list of great recipes we hope to try out…it's fun!

    @Safe Home Happy Mom – Thanks for visiting and following. I do hope you will give this a try.

    @MaryMoh – Thanks and I am happy that spring is here too. Love those flowers and their beautiful colors :)

    @Mary – Thanks Mary and thanks for visiting. I am glad you enjoyed your visit. I hope you return often :)

    @Cinnamon Girl – Yes, oat flour is just the best as they tend to make very tender baked goodies. You have to try those dates. I keep snacking on them. They are not as sweet as Medjool but very flavorful.

    @bunkycooks – That's why I love the bread machine. I just measure out all the ingredients and leave it to do its job. Just a little more work for hand shaped loaves but it's worth it :)

    @Rick – You make me laugh! It is really good as a sandwich bread. I hadn't thought of french toast or bread pudding. Thanks for the suggestion. I think it'll be awesome. Now, I have to make another loaf soon…..

  19. Cristina says:

    What a beautiful bread! It must have smelled wonderful when it was baking. You've inspired me to pull my bread machine out, give it a good dusting and put it back to work! =)

    Yeah, rabbits fail to be cute when they eat through your flowers and garden.

  20. Turmericnspice says:

    Wow…looks awesome…imagine it as a french toast…11

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