It doesn’t take much to keep me happy: a little wine, being home and at times a good quick bread. It’s no secret that I like wine…but wine bread? I had to do it. I could pass up the opportunity to use delicious wine in a sweet quick bread.
First off, you really can’t substitute, you have to use wine. Also you CANNOT use cooking wine. In fact, you should never use cooking wine, you should always use wine that you would actually like to drink….and that goes for any recipe.
Second, you must use a white wine in this recipe. Red just won’t work….sorry. But I hear that there are a lot of delicious red wine cup cake recipes out there. Go for that with your red wine! 🙂
Wine Bread with Figs and Nuts (inspired by Wine-Date Bread from Southern Living November 1982…yes I have a lot of old cookbooks and magazines!)
3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground all-spice
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup dry white wine (today’s selection was Sauvignon Blanc)
1 cup chopped dried figs
1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat your oven to 350 degree F. Grease/butter a loaf pan and set aside.
In a large bowl mix your flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, ground cloves and ground all-spice. Set aside.
In your mixer cream your butter and brown sugar. Add your wine and eggs. The mixture will not look very pretty but do not worry it will work out! Add your dry ingredients at once and combine until just blended. Using a spatula or wooden spoon fold in your dried figs and nuts. Pour your mixture (it will be pretty sticky and thick) in your prepared pan and bake in your preheated oven for 60-65 minutes.
3/4 cup powdered sugar
Zest 1 orange
1-2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Combine your powdered sugar, orange zest and your orange juice. Carefully pour over your cooled cake. Welcome to amazing!
This is a grown up cake, and you deserve a grown up cake now and then, don’t you? It would make an amazing house warming gift, a hostess gift with a beautiful bottle of wine….oh my…Note: take your time with the glaze, there is a lot of beautiful crevices in this cake, make sure the glaze find it’s way around and “in” the cake! So delicious.
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Peace and Wine,
I shared my recipe here as well: