Orange-Date Loaves

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs 10 mins
  • Serves: 16,Yield: 2loaves
  • About This Recipe

    “Wonderful rich date flavour.”


  • 4cupsall-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cupsugar
  • 2teaspoonsbaking powder
  • 2teaspoonsorange rind, finely shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoonbaking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoonsalt
  • 2eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cupfrozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/3 cupcooking oil
  • 1 (8ounce) packages dates, pitted, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans or 1/2 cupwalnuts, chopped
  • Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, orange peel, baking soda, and salt.
  • In another mixing bowl stir together eggs, 1/2 cup of the thawed orange juice concentrate, the oil, and 1-1/2 cups water.
  • Add to flour mixture. Stir by hand just until combined. Fold in dates and nuts.
  • Divide mixture evenly between two greased 8″x4″x2″ loaf pans. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. (Or, divide mixture evenly among four 5-1/2″x3″x2″ loaf pans and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until loaves test done.).
  • Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove from pans.
  • Generously brush tops and sides of loaves with remaining orange juice concentrate. Cool thoroughly on wire racks.
  • Wrap and store overnight before slicing.
  • Reviews

  • “A lovely loaf (couldn’t wait a day to sample!)with rich date flavour and undertones of orange. It’s no butter, no milk, low sugar, and lends itself to various sizes of baking dishes. Made 2 medium sized loaves in 50 minutes of baking. Hearty and comforting autumn fare. No fuss recipe, well presented, easy to follow.Thanks, Dancer!”