Date And Walnut Bread - Scotland

I had another recipe called Damper bread from Australia all set to be posted today for the letter D. In the last minute I realized that the Damper bread is not a yeast based bread. 

So I went in search of another bread and surprisingly I spotted this Date and Walnut Bread which is a classic Sottish bread enjoyed with tea. This is apparently very popular even today in the cafes and bakeries across Scotland.

So D for Dates And Walnut Bread from Scotland it is.
The previous bakes in this series are here ...

A for An Pan - A Sweet Bread From Japan
B for Broa - A Rustic Bread From Portugal
C for Ciabatta - A White Bread From Italy

Recipe Inspiration from here
Ingredients - 

Water 1 cup
Brown sugar 2 Tbsp (Or Honey)
Active Dry Yeast 1 1/2 tsp
Bread Flour 2 1/4 cup
Rolled Oats, Coarsely crushed 3/4 cup
Vegetable Oil 2 Tbsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Dates pitted and chopped 2/3 cup
Walnuts, toasted and chopped 1/2 cup
Rolled Oats 1 Tbsp (for topping)
Milk 1 Tbsp for brushing

Date And Walnut Bread - Scotland

Method Of Preparation -

In a bowl of warm water, add brown sugar and yeast. Mix well and set aside in a warm place for the yeast to get activated.

Meanwhile, chop the dates and walnuts and mix them in the whisked flour. Add in crushed oats and salt.

Rub in the vegetable oil into the flour mixture. Pour the water with the yeast into the flour and knead into a soft and pliable dough. [about 10 minutes.]

In a well oiled bowl, place the dough and cover with a cling wrap, set in a warm place for it to rise. [about an hour].

After an hour, deflate the dough and stretch into a thick flat rectangle. Carpet/Jelly roll the dough to form a log. Place it in a greased loaf pan, cover with a cling wrap and set aside for a second rise [about 45 minutes].

Preheat the oven to 375 °F.

Brush the dough with milk and sprinkle the rolled oats. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until the top is evenly browned and it sounds hollow when tapped. 

[I covered the loaf pan with foil after 30 minutes and baked for another 10 minutes. I switched off the oven after 40 minutes and left it in there for 5 minutes.]

Allow it to cool and slice it. Enjoy with a dollop of butter or just as is.

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Preparation Time 15 minutes + 2 hours rising time + 40 minutes kaing time
Makes 9 inch loaf


  1. I hate it when you have to change a recipe at the final minute. The bread looks great though and I enjoyed this new bread more than the Damper. Love the date and the walnut combination.

  2. Namratha Says:
  3. Dates & walnuts make a tasty combination! I like the addition of oats.. hearty bread.

  4. Sowmya :) Says:
  5. I went through the exact same thought process....Damper...Oh no, it is not yeast bread...mad rush to pick something else!!!
    This walnut and date bread looks awesome...never tried it with yeast. Bookmarking

  6. talk about change of recipes... i mentally bake atleast 10 recipes before i land upon the actual for the day...this date and walnut seems like a warm accompaniment to go with a cup of tea. I liked the addition of oats, will give a welcome crunch to the dates and nuts flavor

  7. The Date walnut combo is like a combo made in heaven, we all love it . The bread with this combo is surely to win many hearts.

  8. Pavani Says:
  9. That is a delicious bread Harini -- I love these recipes that have nuts in it.

  10. Priya Suresh Says:
  11. Dates and walnut in bread, that sounds seriously very interesting. Will give a try definitely.

  12. Great choice of ingredients looks awesome!!

  13. Srividhya Says:
  14. I love nuts in my bread.. This one with dates sounds so delicious. I bet it would tasted delicious too.

  15. Unknown Says:
  16. dates and walnuts - very tasty and healthy combination. must try.

  17. Date and walnuts is a wonderful combination. Turned out amazing.

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