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Monika's Black Tea and Date Bread

Monika's Black Tea and Date Bread

This recipe isn’t mine. It belongs to Monika, who lives in Hagen, Germany. I asked her to share the recipe around the world because her bread is delicious, and she gave me her approval. This bread is sweet but not too sweet, any salt at all, fine as a dessert, fits to milk soups (photo #9).













Trans-fat Free, Low Sodium


80 grams butter
+ some to grease a loaf pan
200 grams dates
dried, pits removed, chopped finely
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 lemon needed
200 millilitres black tea
130 grams sugar
or brown sugar
2 each eggs
250 grams flour, spelt
or all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
50 grams walnuts
minced, save few whole walnuts for topping
5 tablespoons bread crumbs


1 - Prepare black tea. Simply pour hot water into a mug and put a teabag in. 2 - Blanch a lemon for few seconds, drain, and make a zest using a grater, a zester, or things like that. Chop dates finely. Put lemon zest and dates into a bowl, add baking soda, and pour in hot tea. Stir and set aside for 10 minutes. Photo #2. 3 - Push butter into a separate bowl, add sugar, and mix for about 4 to 5 minutes using an electric whisk. You should have a light and creamy mixture. 4 - Whisk in the eggs, one at a time. Mix to combine. 5 - Add dates with tea. Stir gently using a spatula or a spoon. Add flour, baking powder, and minced walnuts. Stir until combined. Photo #3. 6 - Grease the loaf pan thoroughly with the butter. Sprinkle sides and bottom with bread crumbs. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Put whole walnuts on the top. Photo #4. 7 - Bake in oven at 180 cup (355 F) for ca. 60 minutes (photo #5, #6). You may bake in a bread machine, then you don’t need extra butter and bread crumbs (photo #7). When ready let it cool, then taste (photo #1, #8).

Moni, thank you for your 6 photos. They are great, so warm and tasty.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Toronto , Ontario, Canada
 over 5 years ago

Have never thought of adding black tea into bread batter, this recipe certainly enlightens me. The combination of the black tea and dates sounds delicious, the lemon zest and walnuts certainly add extra yumminess. Using spelt flour will make the bread even healthier, I may use olive oil to replace some butter.

Thanks for sharing this delicious bread recipe with step by step photos :-)

Thank you for your comment on my favorite sweet bread. I hope maybe someday you and Sean will taste it with pleasure. Of course I redirected your comment to Moni. :)

Warsaw, Poland
 over 5 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 42g (1.5 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 15843% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Sugars g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 3% Iron 3%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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