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Sweet ‘n’ Savory Date Loaves

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 30 min. + cooling


3 mini loaves (5 slices each)

My family and I were thrilled when this won "best of show" for quick breads at the state fair a few years ago. I sometimes substitute peach nectar for the apricot nectar with terrific results. —Diane Card, Hilliard, Ohio
Sweet 'n' Savory Date Loaves Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 cups apricot nectar
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the apricot nectar, dates and apricots to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; add zest and rosemary. Cool for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and milk. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with date mixture.
  3. Pour into three greased 5-3/4x3x2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 260 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 202mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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