A teatime classic to munch on between finals
By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor
2 ½ cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 ¼ cups milk
1 cup chopped walnuts
For Meatless Monday recipes, I usually try to avoid doing desserts—one, because finding a meatless dessert is not hard, and two, because I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so I don’t often make them. One thing I will admit to having a weakness for is my mom’s nut bread, though. So as a before-finals treat, I’ll offer the recipe to you. Though not wholly healthy, it does have a lot of protein and can be eaten almost any time of day if you find yourself low on energy; great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as those pesky study sessions in between.
Begin by preheating your oven to 350F. Grease and flour your loaf pan then set it aside for later.
Crack the egg into the milk and use a fork to thoroughly mix them together. After that, combine all of your dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Combine the milk and egg mixture with the dry ingredients, and then add the olive oil. Put it into the mixer and beat it on medium speed for about 30 seconds, using a spatula to scrape down any batter that creeps up the side of the bowl.
When it’s done, use your spatula again to make sure that there are no pockets of unmixed flour. If there are, give it a stir and then put it in the mixer for another 30 seconds. Repeat until everything is evenly mixed.
Once you’re happy with your batter pour it into your loaf pan, and bake for approximately 55 minutes. Check its doneness by inserting a butter knife, toothpick, or cake tester into the centre. If the end comes out clean, your nut bread is finished; if not, leave it in there for a while longer.
Once done, attempt to get the nut bread out of the loaf pan and onto a cooling rack as soon as possible. You might have to leave it in the pan for a little bit before it will come away from the edges cleanly. Leave it for about 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
Traditionally this is served with butter, honey, cream cheese, or jam spread on top.