Martha Bakes: Wholesome Breakfast Episode


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We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Martha agrees. On today’s show, she shares three wholesome recipes that will encourage all of us to never skip breakfast again: an Irish-style brown bread made with hearty rye flour, airy and light whole-wheat popovers, and scrumptious whole-wheat date nut quick bread. Tasty recipes for the perfect start to any day!

This Week’s Recipe

Whole-Wheat Date Nut Bread

Whole Wheat Date Nut Bread

Make Martha Stewart's Whole-Wheat Date Nut Bread recipe from the Wholesome Breakfast episode of Martha Bakes.



  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil, plus more for pan
  • 1 ½ cups hot water
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with oil. In a bowl, pour hot water over dates and let stand until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in oil, egg, and vanilla. In another bowl, stir together both flours, baking soda, salt, pecans, and brown sugar. Fold egg mixture into flour mixture until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top.
  2. Bake, rotating halfway through, until a tester inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, about 65 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack, 20 minutes, then turn out bread and let cool completely. (Loaf can be tightly wrapped and kept at room temperature up to 3 days.)


Reprinted from A New Way to Bake: Classic Recipes Updated with Better-for-You Ingredients from the Modern Pantry by the Editors of Martha Stewart Living. Copyright © 2017 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.


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