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Honey & Toasted Walnut Bread with Icing

honey walnut bread

I’m a big fan of quick bread, and most often turn to pumpkin or banana when whipping up a loaf. However, I wanted another variation in my usual rotation, so I came up with this honey walnut bread. It is a delicious change of pace, and perfect for those in-between spring days, when citrus is fleeting and we are anxiously awaiting on berries.


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honey walnut bread
honey walnut bread
honey walnut bread

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honey walnut bread

Honey & Toasted Walnut Bread with Icing

Servings: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Cooling Time: 20 minutes
A moist honey walnut quickbread with creamy honey icing and candied walnuts.
Sarah Kieffer
5 from 2 votes
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  • 1/4 cup (25g) toasted walnuts
  • 2 cups (284g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons (142g) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup (250g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (85g) honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120g) sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120g) whole milk, at room temperature

Honey Icing

  • 1 ounce (28g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons (29g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup (120g) confectioners’ sugar

Candied Walnuts

  • 1 cup (100g) walnuts
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • Pinch salt


  • 9x4x4 inch Pullman pan


  • Adjust an oven rack to the lower middle position. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9 x 4 x 4-inch Pullman pan (affiliate link) and line with a parchment sling.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the walnuts until finely ground.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the pulsed walnuts, flour, baking soda, and salt together. In a separate bowl, combine the sour cream and milk and mix until combined.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, cream the butter, sugar, and honey together until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs, mixing on medium until combined. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix on low until almost incorporated. Add half the sour cream mixture and mix on low until combined. Add another 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix together. Add the remaining sour cream mixture, followed by the flour, and mix until just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and finish mixing with a spatula until the batter is completely combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 45 to 60 minutes, until the top is dark brown and a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes. Using the parchment sling, lift the loaves out of the pan, peel off the paper, and let the bread finish cooling on the wire rack. Top with the honey icing and candied walnuts.
  • For the Honey Icing: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, combine the cream cheese, butter, and honey, beating on medium until smooth. Add the salt and vanilla and mix again on low until combined. With the mixer still running on low, add the confectioners' sugar and beat until combined, scraping down the sides as needed. Mix until the icing is smooth and creamy.
  • For the Candied Walnuts: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large skillet, stir together the walnuts, sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat until the sugar begins to melt and the nuts begin to toast, stirring almost constantly. Once the sugar begins to melt, turn the heat down to low and cook until the nuts are lightly caramelized. Pour the nuts onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let them cool completely before chopping into small pieces.


Note: I use a Pullman pan here to give the bread nice, tall sides (and this is my preferred pan for making quick breads). 

  • Reply
    Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    5 stars
    Just discovered this “bread” that tastes more like cake, and it is SOO GOOD!!

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    Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 11:10 pm

    Morning Sarah, you do not convert the 10 tablespoons butter to grams.
    Is it safe to say that it weighs 145g (Honey Icing:- 2 tablespoons butter = 29g)?
    Cannot wait to try this.

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      Sarah Kieffer
      Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 9:11 am

      Butter grams are added! It is 142 g for 10 tablespoons.

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        Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 10:44 pm

        Awesome thank you so much

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    Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 11:57 am

    You should update the recipe — you do not specify when to add the 1/4 cup honey that is in the bread.

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      Sarah Kieffer
      Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 9:05 am

      Sorry about that! I added a recipe card to the recipe and some of the recipe went missing. I added the honey back in. -Sarah

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    Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 11:28 am

    What size Pullman pan? 9-inch or 13-inch

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    Monday, April 27, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    When you find out, let me know? I’m thinking with the sugar and butter??

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    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    At what point in this recipe do you add the 1/4th cup of honey?

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    Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Extremely Amazing work!!

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    Monday, June 24, 2019 at 3:18 am

    What a beautiful bread, Sarah! Can’t wait to hear more about your next book. xo

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    Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Such a gorgeous bread! I love walnut and honey together ?

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    Melissa@Julia's Bookbag
    Friday, June 7, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Just gorgeous Sarah! I’ll be making this as soon as I can. Off to check out Pullman pans!

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