Gingerbread Kahlua Date Nut Bread with White Chocolate

Gingerbread Kahlua Date Nut Bread with White Chocolate

I’ve got the holiday spirit…or spirits if you will! It’s time for the monthly #TwelveLoaves challenge and it should come as no surprise that I lobbied for BOOZE in BREAD! Not that I knead (some bread humor!) to wait until December to make my baked goods and breads boozy but is there a more perfect time? A bit of bourbon, rum or a luscious liqueur adds such a nice touch to a recipe meant for a celebration dinner or as gifts for friends (be sure to check out the rules at the bottom if you don’t imbibe; we want you to still participate too!). I might lament that my friends and neighbors never bother to read my blog (they just show up for the food for real) but maybe that’s OK after all. It means I’m not spilling any secrets when I share with you that this bread will most definitely be a part of my holiday gift giving this holiday season.

Gingerbread Kahlua Date Nut Bread with White Chocolate

While I love yeast bread and always have good intentions, reality is always at my door and my schedule is already overbooked so making something with yeast never seems to happen. But I figure that’s good right; I know I’m not alone with the tendency to ‘go quick.’

I’ve been making a variation of this date and nut bread for years. Always with dates and nuts but still lots of variations. Great with pecans or walnuts and I’ve even added dried cranberries but the Kahlua and white chocolate chips are something new this year.

This Gingerbread Kahlua is something special. Although I’ve got my own holiday tradition of making a cocktail with Kahlua, eggnog and Jamison Irish Whiskey, I enjoyed this Kahlua served more simply with just half and half over ice. I’m sure that’s a throwback to the 80’s but there’s nothing wrong with a classic…with a twist. The Gingerbread adds a nice spicy touch just perfect for the season. I’m saving the rest for morning coffee during it’s limited period of release…wait, I can do that right? Have booze for breakfast? Please?

Gingerbread Kahlua Date Nut Bread with White Chocolate

I just knew the gingerbread spiced Kahlua would be perfect in a holiday baked good and this bread is so good. I made a cream cheese spread which includes a bit more of the Kahlua; it’s a welcome foil to the sweetness of the other ingredients…don’t forget it! We just loved this Gingerbread Kahlua Date Nut Bread with White Chocolate. So did everyone I gave it to for gifts!

You can call it a bread or you can call it dessert; I just call is Yum!

I was provided with a bottle of Gingerbread Kahlua to review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. I would use buttermilk because it will react with the baking soda and act as a leaven. Also, if you don’t have coffee cordials laying around add about a teaspoon of instant coffee to vodka or even anise licquer to achieve similar results. Other flavored licquers would work nicely too. How about a raspberry cordial (or Drambuie) and add some chopped raspberries and pecans? Or, orange, with orange zest and Grand Marnier. This looks like the best recipe for this bread because you use 1/2 cup of liquid. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever had Kahlua in bread before – what a great idea! And I’ll bet it combines so well with the nuts and dates. Except for bread pudding (where we add rum, sometimes bourbon) we haven’t done much with booze and bread. Clearly we’ve been missing out! Good stuff – thanks.

  3. Oh good heavens!! Just give me a loaf with some of the cream cheese spread, a good pot of coffee and a book… and I’ll see you in January!! Serious “comfort food” of a different variety!

    Going to have to search out this Gingerbread Kahlua!!!

    1. Were you spying on me? That was me last night when I had some for dinner…I mean it WAS dinner. So good. 🙂

  4. I really like these for gift giving in the small loaf pans. I can’t remember adding booze to bread other than to soak raisins before adding them to a banana bread but I’ll give it a try this month and let you know what turns out!

  5. Beautiful photos Barb! The bread looks delicious too! I love slightly sweet quick breads with a big salad smothered in blue cheese dressing. This looks like just the ticket for that combination. Guess what I’m having for supper.

    1. Thanks Karen…and I’m with you; this is perfect with something more savory. Now why is it I always want to spell that word savoury now. Hmm??

  6. Gingerbread Kahlua Rum??? Wow I’ll bet this does add some kind of flavor to this wonderful festive bread! And thanks for the Sharing is Caring link… I’ll do this now!

    1. Who knew right…I’ve found they have a couple of holiday specific flavors; next time I want the Peppermint; umm umm good!

  7. Beautiful bread, Barb. I haven’t had Kahlua in ages and would really love to try a bit of this gingerbread version. Really perfect for a holiday cocktail and even better to use in a quick bread like this. I think your friends are lucky to have you baking these goodies for them at holiday time:)

    1. Better try it quick…only available thru the end of the year! I really liked it…there is no doubt about the ginger in it; makes for a nice bite that isn’t usually in Kahlua.

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