So what if I told about a recipe for walnut bread — yummy, beautiful, moist walnut bread, dotted with chocolate chips even — that uses no butter, and no processed/ refined sugars? Hmm? Well. Prepare to be amazed. This is just the thing for winter afternoons. Make yourself a steaming hot cup of cocoa. Cut yourself a generous slice of this beautiful walnut bread, smother it with full fat butter, sit back and tuck in. I promise you, whatever it is that you are struggling with right now, this will make it better :).
Lets get started!
75g of unrefined brown sugar.
175g of honey, or agave nectar (I went half and half).
200ml of whole milk (you could use almond milk and turn this into a lacto-free recipe).
50g of chocolate chips – optional (but lets face it, chocolate chips make everything better).
50g of roughly chopped walnuts.
225g of self-raising flour.
1 teaspoon of baking powder.
1 egg, beaten.
The first thing you want to do is preheat your oven to 180C, which is 160C with fan. And grease and line a standard loaf tin with baking paper.
Next up, get yourself a pan and pour in the milk, sugar, honey/agave nectar, and heat gently till all the sugar has dissolved. You will need to let it cool quite a bit before getting on to the next step.
Now get a large mixing bowl and put your flour, baking powder, walnuts and chocolate chips in. To this add the cooled syrup. And then the egg. Mix everything together really well, till you have a smooth mixture.
Pour this into your tin, sprinkle some more walnuts on top, and in it goes, in to your preheated oven for about an hour, or until a skewer comes out clean. Once done, let it cool in the tin for about 10 mins, and then turn out on to a cooling rack.
Or in any event *try* and let it cool before you do that thing we talked about earlier, you know with the cocoa and butter etc.