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Orange Date Bread

I loved visiting my aunt—she was an excellent baker, and her kitchen always smelled great. With her inspiration, I now bake this moist yummy bread every holiday season. Christmas wouldn't be the same without it. —Joann Wolfe, Sunland, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    32 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • GLAZE
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs; mix well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in walnuts, dates and orange zest. Pour into two greased and floured 8x4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until done. Combine glaze ingredients; spoon half over hot bread. Cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; spoon remaining glaze over bread.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 219 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 188mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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