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Gifts from the Kitchen- Date Loaf Recipe

Gifts from the Kitchen- Date Loaf Recipe

Gifts from the Kitchen- Date Loaf Recipe

Every year I look forward to my favorite cooking class, Gifts from the Kitchen.  I begin planning next year the minute I wrap this year. I simply can’t wait to inspire you with the latest flavors and packaging ideas for gifts given from your heart and home. 

As I prepare for this 16th annual Gifts from the Kitchen class, tomorrow, I thought I’d do a throwback to one of the favorite recipes offered last year, Date Loaf.  It’s a simple loaf cake packed with sweet, dense goodness, that you’re sure to LOVE!         

Gifts from the Kitchen- Yummy Date Loaf Recipe

Date Nut Loaf

2 cups chopped dates

¼ cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

¾ teaspoon salt

¾ cup brown sugar

1 cup strong brewed black tea

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon calvados

1 ¾ cup flour

1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8-inch loaf pan well.  Combine dates, sugar, butter, salt, baking powder soda and salt with the hot tea and allow to stand until it cools.  Mix well before adding the egg, vanilla and brandy.  Add flour slowly to incorporate and last add the walnuts.  Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes.  If loaf is too brown, tent with foil.  Allow to cool completely before slicing to serve.

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Gifts from the Kitchen-2020 class

Gifts from the Kitchen 2020, Thursday, December 3rd, 6:30-8:30


The Cosmopolitan- a classic cocktail with swizzle garnish

Incredible Pear Loaf Cake- the pear baked right in!

Chocolate Almond Layered Cookie Bars- decadent goodness

Stunning Tomato Basil Tart for Two

Impressive Lemon Tart for Two- special attention to garnish for gift giving

Apricot Cream Cheese Layered Bread is marvelous

Blood Orange Curd- the loveliest gift for topping ice-cream, pancakes or cookie dipping

The 2020 Signature Truffle will be Amaretto- dark and sinful

Once the recipes are made, inventive packaging for each will be shared.

Class Fee $39.00

Appetizers class 2020
Crave Able Appetizers Thursday, December 10th 6:30-8:30
Very Merry Martini’s
Sumptuous Pear Cranberry Compote over baked Brie
Mouthwatering Caramelized Onions and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
Pretty Flatbread Appetizers
Sweet and savory Ham and Apricot Hand Pies
Precious S’mores Shooters
Class Fee $29.00

Gifts from the Kitchen-Class for Buche de Noel

Buche de Noel- Tuesday, December 15th 6:30

Learn to make this time honored French confection in time for your Christmas table.

Chocolate Sponge Cake

Cream Filling

Chocolate Frosting

Meringue Mushrooms

AND many more decorating techniques.

Class Fee $29.00

2021 classes and ATOP Events are now registering! 

Looking forward to seeing you soon!



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Lorie Fangio | A Taste of Paris

Meet Lorie Fangio

Lorie Fangio is a teaching chef and the founder of A Taste of Paris culinary excursions. She shares her extensive knowledge of French food & culture through cooking classes, regular TV appearances, local publications, and speaking engagements. She is an award-winning food & lifestyle blogger with a zest for gathering people around a table.

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