Date Quick Bread with Pecan Streusel

This date-studded quick bread can be made into mini loaves to give as gifts, or it can be baked as a standard loaf for serving at a meal. The streusel topping uses fresh pecans, a traditional gift in the South.

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Ingredients

streusel topping
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
bread
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pitted dates (4 ounces)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
glaze
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

How to make this recipe

  1. MEANWHILE, MAKE THE GLAZE Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly coat three 6-by-3-inch mini loaf pans with vegetable oil spray. Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Let cool, then break into large pieces. In a medium bowl, mix the flour with the light brown and granulated sugars, baking powder and salt. Stir in the butter. Add the pecans and squeeze the streusel mixture into large clumps.
  2. MEANWHILE, MAKE THE GLAZE In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer with the dates; let cool slightly. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the sugar with the eggs and oil until blended. Beat in the milk, dates and vanilla until combined. Add the dry ingredients all at once and beat at low speed just until the batter is smooth. Spread the batter in the pans and sprinkle with the streusel. Bake for 45 minutes, or until risen and golden, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let cool for 20 minutes, then turn the loaves out onto a rack.
  3. MEANWHILE, MAKE THE GLAZE In a small bowl, stir the confectioners' sugar, butter, milk and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the warm loaves and cool completely before slicing.

Make Ahead

The loaves can be wrapped in foil and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Notes

To make a larger, single loaf, use a 10-by-5-inch metal loaf pan, reduce the oven temperature to 350? and bake for 55 minutes.

Contributed By Photo © Stephanie Shih Published December 2006

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