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Carob Date Loaf

Carob Date Loaf

  • 1 cup pitted dates, cut up
  • 1-1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/4 cup carob powder
  • 3 T. safflower shortening
  • 3/4 cup, plus 1 T., boiling water
  • 1 t. orange blossom water or vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup honey (warmed to pouring consistency)
  • 1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
Place the dates, baking soda, salt, and carob powder in a mixing bowl. Toss lightly with a fork. Add the shortening and boiling water, but do not stir. Let stand 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°.

Combine the eggs and orange blossom water or vanilla. Add the honey and flour, stirring until well blended. Add the date mixture, stirring just to blend. Pour into a well-greased 9- by 5-inch loaf pan. Bake 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool before removing from pan. Serve plain or top each slice with plain yogurt sweetened with a little honey.

Replace carob powder with 3/4 cup chopped walnuts. Decrease the amount of boiling water by 1 tablespoon and replace honey with 1 cup sugar.

Yeild: 1 loaf or 16 slices.

From "The Global Kitchen" by Karen Gail Brooks and Gideon Bosker, M.D.

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