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Date Nut Bread and Date Orange Bread

Fresh dates for Date Nut Bread and Date Orange Bread

A wonderful, very rich Date Nut Bread and Date Orange Bread that is moist and delicious. Good toasted for breakfast too.

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups dates, pitted and chopped
2-1/4 cups boiling water
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups white sugar
3 tablespoons butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Combine baking soda with the boiling water. Soak the dates in the water and baking soda solution for 30 minutes.

Cream sugar and butter together. Add eggs, vanilla, dates, nuts, flour, and salt.

Divide batter equally between two 9 x 5 (or 8 1/2 x 4 1/2) inch greased loaf pans. Bake 1 hour at 300 degrees (or until loaf tests done). Can be frozen when cool.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 2 loaves.

Date Orange Bread

The addition of orange flavor gives lift to the date flavor.

Fresh orange peel 1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons orange peel granules
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease one 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.

Beat egg slightly. Add butter and sugar. Beat smooth. Zest one orange; set 1 tablespoon zest aside. Juice 2 oranges. Place juice in a 1 cup measure and add boiling water to fill the cup. Stir zest, juice and vanilla into batter.

In another bowl, put flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir in walnuts and dates. Pour over batter. Stir to moisten. Spoon into greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour until it tests done. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Finish cooling and wrap.

Recipe makes one 9 x 5-inch loaf.

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