Blue cheese, Pecans and Dates Bread is an excellent addition to a cheese platter. It’s full of salty cheese, sweet dates and crunchy pecans – perfect to satisfy those sweet and salty cravings.
Savoury or sweet? What is your flavour of choice? I love sweets and desserts and can’t imagine not finishing a meal with some kind of sweet treat, but my snack of choice is usually savoury and salty. And my favourite flavour combination is sweet and salty together. I remember many years ago I was recovering from a failed romance and for a few days consumed mostly potato chips with dark chocolate. Not so healthy, but oh, so delicious. Couple of year ago I hosted a Chocolate themed dinner party and one of the hors d’oeuvres were chocolate dipped potato chips, along with chocolate dipped bacon and spicy chocolate popcorn.
With plethora of salted caramel and spicy chocolate and cheese and fruit recipes out there I am not sure why savoury cakes or savoury quick breads aren’t more popular. First time I made a savoury bread was a few months after my potato chips and chocolate diet. I made it for my annual holiday brunch and it was a hit. Since then it’s been a signature recipe that I make when I have people over. I wish I could make it more often, but since hubby is one of those people who actually doesn’t like salty and sweet together and I can’t (or shouldn’t) eat an entire loaf by myself, I don’t make it if I’m not entertaining.
I made a few changes to the original Blue cheese, pear and walnut cake recipe over the years. I reduced the amount of oil without compromising the texture of the bread, adjusted the amount of cheese and used many different kinds of fillings sticking to the tried and true formula: blue cheese, some kind of nuts, some kind of sweet fruit. In the summer I made this with strawberries. In the fall – apples and pears. In the winter I used cranberries (one of my favourite combinations). This particular Blue Cheese, Pecans and Dates Bread recipe uses dates.
As most of my recipes, this Blue cheese, Pecans and Dates Bread is not really complicated, just mix everything together! But it requires some prep since one cheese needs to be grated and the other one crumbled, fruit and nuts need to be chopped, flour and the rest of dry ingredients – measured. Still, it’s an easy recipe to make and you can view the video below to see that.
This Blue Cheese, Pecans and Dates Bread is an excellent addition to a cheese platter, I like eating a slice of that with a smear of warmed brie or some cream cheese. The bread is soft and full of complex flavours and textures. There’s the crunch of pecans and softness of blue cheese; chewiness of the dates and crispiness around the crust and edges. Salty cheddar, pungent blue cheese compliment the sweetness of fruit and the buttery taste of pecans. This bread is great to serve at holiday parties and would be perfect for an elegant New Year’s eve celebration.
Blue Cheese, Pecans and Dates Bread
- 3 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2/3 cup blue cheese (crumbled)
- 1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
- 1/3 cup medjool dates (~5 large medjool dates, pitted and chopped)
- 1 cup cheddar (grated)
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Butter and flour a loaf pan either 9x5 or 11x4 (or you can line it with parchment paper).
- In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, oil and milk until smooth.
- Add flour, baking powder and mix.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes (see note) or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean.