Saturday, April 21, 2012

Date Nut Spice Bread

One of my all time favorite TV personalities is Ina Garten.  I love to watch her cook and bake.  She makes everything seem so simple and achievable in the kitchen.  I have several of her cookbooks and the one I got this recipe from is sold here.  I have lightly adapted the recipe and it is divine.  You can't believe the sweet, spicy fragrance that comes from the kitchen while this is in the oven.  I highly recommend someone invent smellavision soon, so we can video while cooking.

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Here's what you need:

2 cups dates, coarsely chopped (10 oz pitted)
1/3 cup Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or Triple Sec, I used Grand Marnier
4 Tbs. butter, unsalted, at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg, I use extra large
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbs. grated orange peel
2 cups flour, all-purpose
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. salt, kosher
3/4 cup orange juice, either fresh squeezed or from concentrate.  I use from concentrate to get a consistent flavor
3/4 cup pecans, chopped

Spray a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan (I always use glass) with cooking spray and set aside.

Combine the chopped dates and the Grand Marnier and set aside to soak for 30 minutes.  Stir occasionally.
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl mix the flour, bk. pdr, bk. soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.  Stir well and set aside.
Pour the orange juice into a measuring cup and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar together on medium for 1 minute.
Next add the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth, scraping down the sides as you go.
Add orange zest and mix well.
Add the flour mixture alternately with the orange juice starting and ending with the flour mixture.
Remember to scrape down the sides and go under the bottom of the batter as you go to make sure everything is completely incorporated.
Stir in the dates and liquid by hand with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
Next, stir in the pecans until just incorporated.  
Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 - 60 minutes.  Mine was done in 50.
Cool in pan 10 minutes then move to wire rack to cool completely.
This is a delicious mix of sweet and spicy (not the hot kind though) bread with just the right crunch.


Serves  - 1 loaf pan

Here's the handy printable - Date Nut Spice Bread
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

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  1. I love your blog! Thanks for the invite for your link party! I linked up my chalkboard planter. I'm following via "Blog Lovin"

    1. Also, I've posted the link to your party on my blog party page!

  2. This looks so tasty! I have a bunch of dates that need to be used up- this looks like the perfect recipe.

    Thanks for stopping by beurrista, and i'll be joining your link party.


  3. Thanks for sharing this great recipe with us at The Sunday Round Up.

  4. Wow! Flavorful delicious bread, looks super good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. Love this date bread! I'm hosting a linky party and I'd love for you to come by and add this dish!

  6. An all time family favorite! Thanks for linking up on Southern Sundays.
    Hope to see you next week. Tell all your friends to join as's a fun party!

  7. Looks so yummy!Thanks for the recipe! Thank you too for linking it up at my new Tuesday link party :) I hope to see you again next week ♥

  8. I love Ina too! (Look at me, all saying "Ina" like we're BFFs or something.) This bread looks so good, thanks for sharing!


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