This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was chosen by Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet. I've never cooked with dates before so this was a real treat for me. I've had those Christmas candies in the box that are dates, and LOVE them. I've even had a fresh date to nibble on before and was in a sugar-loving coma! So, needless to say, I was pretty anxious to make this one.
Thankfully, it didn't disappoint. Despite my baking mishap...notice the sunken center. I checked it, at a diagonal, even, to make sure it was 100% baked. Guess my toothpick technique failed me this time. Sad, but we all have those baking mishaps, so why not document them, too. In any case, I LOVED this loaf cake. It was dense, yet light. Tasted extremely well balanced between the buttery brown sugar batter, and the nutty sweetness of the dates and pecans. I haven't tried it yet, but Dorie says this one gets even better over time, and toasted, with more butter to boot. I mean, really, what is better than MORE butter, right!?
Take a minute and see how the other TWD Bakers did with their loaf cakes by going to the TWD Blogroll. You can also get a copy of this recipe by buying Dorie's book, "Baking: From My Home to Yours".