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Monika's Black Tea and Date Bread

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 hot
130 grams sugar or brown sugar
2 each eggs medium
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 dont 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.

Source: recipeland.com