Orange Date Loaf

  • Yield 8 to 10 servings

This citrusy date loaf makes a great snack bread.


2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water, hot
2/3 cup pitted dates
1 -- orange, seeded and sectioned
1 -- egg
2 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup nuts


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Combine water and dates in a blender, cover and press low, as soon as full speed is reached, press high, blend for 5 seconds.  Continue blending and add orange, egg, butter, sugar and nuts.  Turn off when nuts are chopped.  Pour mixture over the dry ingredients, mix just to moisten.
  2. Bake in a greased 9×5-inch loaf pan at 350F for 50 to 60 minutes.


Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Johnson City’s Treasures of the Smokies(Johnson City, Tn., 1986),