This basic walnut bread recipe is one for the books! Your dinner party guests will be INCREDIBLY impressed with your loaf skills (because we all know that making loaves of bread isn’t always the easiest task!). This loaf is perfect to serve as a dessert or even as a sweet breakfast with a large cup of coffee!
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Can you believe this is actually one of the first loaves I’ve ever whipped up? I knew I wanted to make it special, so I decided to go for delicious flavor pairings, which is exactly why I used walnuts and maple syrup as the show stars!
If this is your first time making a loaf, well… step right in! I promise that this recipe isn’t hard to put together! In fact, there’s no yeast involved, so that’s one less thing to worry about.
How to Make Basic Walnut Bread
What you need:
Kitchen Tools Needed:
Tips for Making the Best Ever Basic Walnut Loaf:
Be Sure to Have a Parchment Overhang
When it comes to prepping for this recipe, the parchment overhang is vital! I like to overhang my parchment (which means you allow for parchment paper to be slightly higher than the pan itself), because it allows me to pull the loaf out of its pan without any sticking. I make sure that there’s a parchment overhang on all four sides of the pan.
I like to do the parchment overhang for other recipes like brownies, bars, etc.
Can I Use Table Syrup Instead of Maple Syrup?
Table syrup and maple syrup are two completely different syrups made up of completely different ingredients. Maple syrup is made from 100% maple sap, whereas table syrup is a sugar syrup with added flavorings.
In short, no. For our Basic Walnut Loaf recipe, we highly recommend using pure maple syrup to keep it tasting its best.
Can You Freeze Basic Walnut Loaf?
Yes! This Basic Walnut Loaf can definitely be frozen! We recommend pre-cutting it into slices, and wrapping each slice with plastic. Then, add the slices into an airtight container and freeze for up to three months.
Basic Walnut Loaf
- Loaf Pan
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 ½ sticks butter approx. ¾ cup, cut into slices (not softened)
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp sugar
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- 1 tbsp whole milk
- 5 tbsp maple syrup
- Begin by preheating oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper, with an overhang on the sides. Set aside.
- Add butter slices into the bowl and use a fork or pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour mixture. Continue until the ingredients are fully incorporated with one another and sticks together slightly when pinched.
- Add sugar and walnuts. Mix.
- In a separate bowl, mix together eggs and milk. Add maple syrup.
- Slowly add wet ingredients to the flour and butter mixture. Slowly incorporate all ingredients by mixing. The batter will be slightly lumpy.
- Pour into the lined loaf pan and bake for 45-60 minutes. Test its readiness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean, it is ready.
- Allow to set in the pan for about 5-10 minutes then place on a wire rack and allow to cool before serving.
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