apple bread with walnuts and dates

Posted by on Oct 13, 2013 in uncategorized | 10 comments

apple bread with walnuts and dates

How many times have I clicked the “play” button since yesterday? I have lost count.

But come on…if you were in my position, wouldn’t you be doing the same thing? Clicking “play” again, and again, and again (at least during the first hour of its release)? I think you would, simply because it feels incredibly gratifying to have a video made just for you, especially if it’s a video that shows the craft you’re so passionate about in such an elegant way.

So thank you Jeff.

apple bread with walnuts and dates

Yes, this is the first video for sweet-lab and I’m in love with it. Sure, there are a few things that I would’ve done differently if I could it all over again (mainly prop usage), but I love it even more for that. This video is simply real and very indicative of the sweet-lab way of being.

But without further ado, and because images speak louder than words, it is my utmost pleasure to present to you, sweet-lab’s promotional video.

(Please continue to scroll down past the video to view the recipe for Apple Bread with Walnuts and Dates, which is the recipe that I happened to be making that day and that Jeff was kind enough to capture with his lens).

Apple Bread with Walnuts and Dates
Serves: one 9” x “5 loaf
  • Apple Bread with Walnuts and Dates:
  • 8 oz all-purpose flour (2 cups)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 oz sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 4 oz light brown sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 oz buttermilk (1 cup)
  • 4 oz olive oil (about ⅔ cup)
  • 2 cups apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped or grated
  • ¾ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup dates, finely chopped
  • Streusel:
  • 2 oz butter (1/4 cup)
  • 2 oz all-purpose flour (1/2 cup)
  • 2 oz sugar (1/4 cup)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • small pinch of salt
  1. Apple Bread with Walnuts and Dates:
  2. 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray loaf pan with vegetable oil.
  3. 2. Combine all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, sugar, and light brown sugar into a large bowl. Mix dry ingredients with a whisk or a spatula until well combined.
  4. 3. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, vanilla extract, buttermilk, and olive oil. Whisk wet ingredients until they are thoroughly combined and eggs are evenly distributed.
  5. 4. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and whisk just to combine.
  6. 5. Add and fold in finely chopped apples, chopped walnuts, and finely chopped dates to batter. Allow batter to rest for about 30 minutes at room temperature.
  7. 6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and sprinkle streusel over to cover the top. Bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick that has been inserted in the center of comes out clean.
  8. Streusel:
  9. 1. Cut chilled butter into small cubes.
  10. 2. Combine cubed butter, flour, sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Stir ingredients with hands and rub butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers until crumbly.
Wrap baked loaf in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for 1-2 days. Freeze baked loaf for 1-2 months. Streusel keeps for 2-3 weeks in fridge.

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  1. The video is amaaaaaaaazing! It totally captures everything I love about baking. I don’t blame you a bit for watching it over & over; I’m sure I’d do the same thing if I had such a beautiful tribute to who I am & what I’m passionate about!

    • Thank you so much Allie! I’m so glad you enjoy the video! It means so much to me to have a video that captures a part of who I am and what I enjoy doing most in life.

  2. The video is indeed amazing just as Allie said. The cake looks beautiful and the flavors sound really good.

  3. It’s awesome Vane! Exactly the type of video I like, with the whole process but just hints of it at the same time. LOVE it and the bread too!

  4. You know I love the video, girl. It’s charming, artistic, clean, modern, lovely, and it makes me feel like I’m in the kitchen right there with you. It matches you and your blog perfectly! And I’m in love with this bread. I’ve been craving apple-y baked goods lately so I can’t wait to try this.

    • So the video makes you feel like you’re in the kitchen with me? I WISH! I would love, love, love to bake with you! Wouldn’t that be so much fun? P.S. I miss you.

      • I miss you too! I always wonder how you and your handsome fiancee are doing. I need to do more Facebook stalking, lol.

        • Haha! We are doing great girl, thanks…although I miss him so incredibly much because he’s on tour…Boooooo! This tour is 5 weeks long and I’m OVER IT! Two more weeks, two more weeks, two more weeks…until he’s home! I’m gonna tie his leg to the bed post so that he can’t leave ever again 😉 Bwahahaha! I hope you are doing really well!

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