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Coffee Date Bread

Brew Up Happiness with Coffee Date Bread: A Perfect Blend of Comfort and Flavor!

As the aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafts through the air, imagine complementing that delightful experience with a slice of warm and moist Coffee Date Bread. This recipe is a celebration of comforting flavors, marrying the richness of coffee with the natural sweetness of dates. Join us on a journey through the steps of creating this aromatic treat, perfect for cozy mornings or as an indulgent pick-me-up during your coffee break.

Ingredients: For the Coffee Date Bread:

  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans), optional

For the Coffee Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Keto and Low Carb Version:

  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1 cup chopped dates (use sparingly or omit for lower carbs)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated erythritol or stevia
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans), optional

Instructions:

  1. Preheat Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a standard loaf pan.
  2. Prepare Coffee Mixture: In a small bowl, combine the cooled strong brewed coffee and chopped dates. Stir in baking soda and set aside, allowing the dates to soak and soften.
  3. Cream Butter and Sugar: In a large mixing bowl, cream together softened butter and granulated sugar (or granulated erythritol or stevia for the keto version) until light and fluffy.
  4. Incorporate Eggs and Vanilla: Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract.
  5. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour (or almond flour for the keto version), baking powder, and salt.
  6. Alternate Additions: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the coffee-date mixture. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  7. Add Nuts (Optional): If desired, fold in chopped nuts for an added crunch.
  8. Bake: Transfer the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool: Allow the Coffee Date Bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Prepare Coffee Glaze: Whisk together powdered sugar, brewed coffee, and vanilla extract to create the glaze.
  11. Drizzle Glaze: Once the bread has cooled, drizzle the coffee glaze over the top for an extra layer of flavor.

Cook Notes:

  • Soaking Dates: Allowing the dates to soak in the coffee mixture helps enhance their sweetness and moisture content.
  • Checking Doneness: To ensure the bread is cooked through, insert a toothpick into the center – it should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Variations: Elevate your Coffee Date Bread experience with these creative variations:

  • Chocolate Swirl: Gently fold in chocolate chips or chunks into the batter for a delightful chocolate twist.
  • Orange Zest Delight: Add the zest of one orange to the batter for a citrusy kick that complements the coffee.

Keto Version: For those embracing a keto lifestyle, make these simple substitutions:

  • Almond Flour Base: Replace all-purpose flour with almond flour for a low-carb alternative.
  • Low-Carb Sweetener: Swap granulated sugar with granulated erythritol or stevia to keep the carbs in check.

Low Carb Version: Reduce the carb content without compromising taste:

  • Reduced Dates: Use fewer dates or omit them entirely to decrease the overall carbohydrate content.

Coffee Date Bread is more than just a baked good – it’s a symphony of flavors that harmonize to create a moment of sheer indulgence. Whether you choose to follow the classic recipe, venture into keto and low-carb adaptations, or explore creative variations, each slice is a testament to the perfect marriage of coffee and dates. So, brew that cup of coffee, preheat your oven, and embark on a culinary journey that fuses comfort and flavor. With the heavenly aroma of coffee and the sweetness of dates, this recipe is a celebration of simple pleasures, a delightful addition to your repertoire of baked treasures. Savor the warmth, share it with loved ones, and let the magic of Coffee Date Bread become a cherished tradition in your kitchen.

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