The holiday entertaining season is finally coming to a close, which means it’s time to take a break from all the Christmas cookies and cakes and get ready for a reboot. Martha’s firing up her oven for something a little more low-key this time of year: whole-wheat date-nut bread from her book "A New Way to Bake." Whether your resolution in 2018 is to eat a healthy breakfast or you’re simply looking for a delicious new way to kick off your day, this is the loaf for you! It’s sweetened mostly with dates, calls for whole-wheat flour, swaps out butter for just a touch of safflower oil, and is chock-full of good fats, thanks to the addition of pecans.
A slice or two makes a wonderful breakfast, especially when schmeared with cream cheese or its better-for-you alternative, Neufchatel, which has a similar flavor and texture but a third less fat. But don’t relegate this wholesome bread to the morning -- it makes an excellent afterschool snack and would even be welcome at teatime. Need more encouragement not to skip breakfast? Martha’s got you covered with two more irresistible breads: Irish-style brown bread and whole-wheat popovers.
And what to drink with these loaves? Martha's guest this week, Five Acre Farms founder Dan Horan, would like you to consider buttermilk -- it's not just for baking! He shares his favorite ways to doctor the tangy probiotic-rich beverage.
"Martha Bakes" season 8 airs on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).