Date and Walnut Loaf

March 26, 2011

Last Sunday my beautiful friend, Denita, hosted a Morning Tea for her Bridesmaids to talk all things bridal. I am lucky enough to be one of five Bridesmaids, who are all heading over to America in August for her wedding. I am so incredibly excited, I can hardly contain myself!

De served up a gorgeous Date and Walnut Loaf with Cinnamon Cream Cheese for Morning Tea, which we ate while sipping Green Tea.

De is a recently retired Athlete – she was a gymnast for years and then became an Aerial Skier (I know, right?! Check this out). So she is very aware of how important it is to feed your body with good nutrients. We have so much in common with food preferences and are always exchanging muesli and yoghurt tips. Naturally I knew we’d be eating something delicious but also on the healthy side for Morning Tea. This loaf was exactly that. De got the recipe from taste.com.au (recipe link here), and I cannot wait to make it again myself. It was so yummy.

To make the Cinnamon Cream Cheese, De combined 200g low-fat Cream Cheese with 1 tablespoon of Honey and 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon.

The loaf was super moist and delightfully sweet thanks to the natural sugar of the dates – the recipe uses very little added sugar. The recipe also instructs you to rehydrate the dried dates with boiling water and some maple syrup, which is a nice little trick. While it is fairly dense, a slice of this loaf doesn’t sit heavy. The walnuts are a lovely addition, providing some crunch and allowing a break from the sweetness. I used to consistently leave walnuts out of my cakes, cookies and muffins, but now I adore them.

After we ate a delicious slice (or two) and engaged in some bridal chatter, we set off to DFO to look for Bridesmaid dresses. It ended up being a really easy process. We’re lucky that we all have fairly similar body shapes, so the same dress suited us all perfectly. They’re really pretty, with a hint of 50’s style, in a lovely mint colour.

Having my dress hanging in my wardrobe is making me even more excited for August! Every time I see it, I get a stirring of glee and have to do a little dance. It is going to be a beautiful wedding.

Thanks for the lovely day, De, and for introducing me to this delectable recipe! Only 5 months to go…

Heidi xo

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16 Comments

  • Reply deb March 26, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I love cakes with date and walnuts! Am going to try that, the cream cheese with cinnamon and honey sounds really good too.

  • Reply Kath (My Funny Little Life) March 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Congratulations on being a bridesmaid! 🙂 I haven't had a single wegging in my circle of friends so far, but maybe it's also a cultural thing. In Germany, many people aren't going to marry until their 30s, and marrying in your early or mid 20s is rather an exception, at least in the rather academic environment I live in. Also, weddings aren't so big, and there isn't so much of a celebration around them (with bridemaids and things like that). I hope I'll experience some weddings myself one day, though, because I love the idea of marrying. Not to think of my own, though. I don't even have a boyfriend. 😉

  • Reply CC11 March 26, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    What a lucky bride to have you as a bridesmaid – also, love the new layout by the way 🙂

  • Reply Hannah March 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    How exciting being a bridesmaid!! Sounds like it's going to be SO much fun 🙂 I love making date and walnut loaf but haven't made one in ages- thanks for the reminder! This one looks particularly delicious! And cinnamon cream cheese sounds so tasty…
    Hannah x

  • Reply Michelle Chin March 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    This looks so healthy! Packed with grains and nuts!

  • Reply Blithely Unaware March 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Delicious, this looks perfect for winter – heavy but nutritious.

    Can't wait to read about your US wedding adventures!!! You must be SO excited!!!

    ♥

  • Reply The InTolerant Chef March 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    So yummy looking, and the cinnamon cream cheese is a great idea too! Yumm…

  • Reply Hannah March 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I'm trying so hard not to die of envy that you get to go to America, but I'm failing 😉

    I adore healthy-ish date cakes!

  • Reply Heidi March 27, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Deb – great! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

    Kath – honestly it is not THAT common here in Aus to marry in your early or mid twenties, more so your late twenties or early thirties. Weddings usually are a big celebration though – really just like a big party with all your loved ones. Nice 🙂

    CC11 – awe so sweet! I feel very honoured. & thank you for the layout love!!

    Hannah – it is delicious, isn't it! Glad to have reminded you to make this tasty treat.

    Michelle – it is very healthy!!

    Blithely Unaware – Oh my goodness I am just SO excited! Looking into flights at the moment 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – yes, it was a delicious addition!

    Hannah – I know, I am so excited to go and see America. Think of all the food! Nut butters and Trader Joe's and Wholefoods, oh my!

    Heidi xo

  • Reply denitamudge2014 March 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I certainly am very lucky to have Heidi as my bridesmaid! Such a wonderful, fun and lively friend. It amazes me how long we can go on about a single nonsense joke and still be entertained. We'll help each other out with both of our weddings 🙂

    Ooh the joys we'll have in Wholefoods and Trader Joe's! I can easily spend hours in Wholefoods in one hit. They're quite generous with their vast samples!

    Many exciting adventures to come Heidi xx

  • Reply Heidi March 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    De you're the best 🙂 I am having so much fun thinking about all the wonderful things we'll get to do over there. & we will have SO much fun visiting all the supermarkets!! Seriously, the best tourist destination. Thanks again, gorgeous girl xo

  • Reply msihua March 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Oh how exciting! AMERICA! FOR A WEDDING! Forgive me.. I was excited for you too! Don't forget to post up pictures of the dress and all the wedding highlights!!!

  • Reply Anna March 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

    YAY! You get to be a bridesmaid… And your heading to America – SAWEEEET! 🙂 I can picture you doing a happy dance when you think about it. Great recipe, and I can't wait to see pictures of your pretty dress.

  • Reply Heidi March 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Msihua – hehe yay, I love that you're excited too, it makes me even more excited! I will definitely be posting happy snaps 🙂

    Anna – thanks lovely, I am super super thrilled!!

    Heidi xo

  • Reply Leah March 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    How exciting being a bridesmaid!! And I love the look of this date and walnut loaf, looks really yummy!

  • Reply Jennifer (Delicieux) March 29, 2011 at 9:05 am

    The loaf looks so fully of nuts and nutrients. I love the cinnamon cream cheese. Mmmm.

    Enjoy your time as a bridesmaid 😀

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