I know. Odd as it might be, I really like this. And the word loaf, is an homage to Z.
2/3 c walnuts *or pecans, as you wish
2/3 c pitted and chopped medjool dates
8 oz finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz cream cheese, softened and cut into 1″ slices
2 T rum (calls for dark, but if you have light, I’d be ok with it.)
process nuts in food processor until coarsely chopped. remove and set aside. Add dates to processor and process until finely chopped. Add Cheddar, cream cheese and rum. Process abut 2 minutes, scraping occasionally.
Line a 2 cup mold w/ plastic wrap, extending over edges. Sprinkle nuts in first and then spoon in cheese pressing firmly with spoon. Bring ends of plastic over top and compress. Cover and chill between 4 hours and 4 days.
Serve with gingersnaps, crackers, apple or pear slices. I’d have wine.
Yield: 2 cups