Walnut bread recipe

Yesterday I had kind of a no-day in the cooking department, I baked/cooked a couple of things and I was not particularly happy with the result with any of them. Actually I might be re-baking the cake I baked yesterday… The one exception was the bread. It might be that it’s an easy thing to make or that I was really feeling the walnut bread thing but not the others. Anyway walnut bread turned out great. Other things not so much.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 spoon dry yeast
  • 1 spoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup walnuts

Directions

  1. I proceeded as usual, first I dissolved the yeast and the sugar in warm water, then I mixed the flours with the salt and the nuts and finally I mixed in the water with the dissolved yeast. This time I tried a “no knead” version so I only mixed the ingredients using a fork. I let the dough raise and when it was more or less doubled, I kneaded it into a loaf shape adding some more flour to prevent sticking. I let the loaf raise for another hour or so and then scored it with some horizontal cuts and placed it on my pizza stone in a 450F oven.
  2. Great bread to go with cheese or honey.

Honey and walnut cake recipe

Yesterday I baked my usual weekend cake. I kind of got in the habit of baking a cake every week or so that we then eat for breakfast or as a snack during the week. This time I baked an honey and walnut cake which turned out quite awesome. It is not as light as the carrot cake I published last week, but still there are almost no fats, and I used whole wheat flour and brown sugar!

Ingredients

  • 7 oz. whole wheat flour
  • 3 oz. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 spoons honey
  • 2 oz. walnuts + some for decorating
  • 1 spoon baking powder
  • 1 spoon thyme
  • 1 spoon olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of your favorite sweet wine or liquor
  • butter for greasing the pan

Directions

  1. First, in my food processor I mixed up the flour with the sugar, the baking powder, the thyme and the nuts, then I added in a pinch of salt, the honey, a spoon of olive oil and the eggs and finally I added enough sweet wine to make the batter smooth and fluid but not liquid. I used passito, but sherry could also work and so would brandy, grappa and other similar liquors. I greased a cake pan and poured in the batter. I decorated the cake with some nuts and backed it in a 389F oven for about 40 minutes.
  2. By the time it was ready it smelled awesome!