Today’s recipe comes from this slightly battered old cookbook:
I bought it from Amazon a while back with a gift card I won from Swagbucks. If you don’t have a Swagbucks account yet, just go to http://www.swagbucks.com to sign up. Update: t’s been brought to my attention that for some strange reason the link keeps going to the Wordpress website. I have no idea why! I’ve typed out the address now so you can copy and paste it :)
There’s something about old cookbooks that I just love. I love the worn, tattered pages, the splotches of food strains here and there, the faint musty smell. *Swoon* I’ll take an old cookbook any day over a shiny, brand new one.
I’ve never made an orange-flavored quick bread before, and this one sounded interesting. I decided to use dates rather than raisins, and I never realized before now what a great combination oranges and dates are! This bread is sweet and moist and chock full of dates and nuts.
To get the orange peel, I used my vegetable peeler to get strips like this.
I just used my knife to quickly chop it up finely. Here’s the batter ready to go into the oven. You can see all the lovely bits of orange, dates, and nuts in the mix.
Fresh out of the oven.
Slices of this were especially nice with a little cream cheese spread on. Perfect along with a cup of morning coffee or tea!
I hope you try this and enjoy it! Until next time, happy cooking :)
Orange Nut Bread
- juice and rind of 1 medium orange
- 1 cup raisins or chopped dates
- 2 Tb melted shortening (I used vegetable oil)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
Pour orange juice into a measuring cup. Add enough hot water to equal 1 cup.
Using a knife or food processor, finely chop orange rind. Add to a large bowl with raisins or dates, diluted orange juice mixture, shortening, vanilla, and egg.
In a separate bowl, stir together the dry ingredients. Add the chopped nuts. Add to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix just until combined.
Pour into a greased 9×5 loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.
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