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Orange Date Nut Bread

"Pecans are very plentiful in the South, and this is one of my favorite ways to use them. No other date nut bread I've tried is anywhere near as moist and flavorful as this one. I especially like to bake it for Thanksgiving and Christmas."
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1 h 20 m servings
Original recipe yields 16 servings

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  1. For bread, place eggs, butter, sugar, orange pieces and dates in blender or food processor. Cover and process with on/off motions until finely chopped. Remove to a large mixing bowl. In separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt; add to orange mixture and mix until well-combined. Stir in pecans. Pour batter into greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour or until bread test done. If bread begins to darken, cover with foil during last few minutes of baking. Meanwhile, for sauce, heat orange juice and sugar until sugar melts. When bread comes out of the oven, prick with a wooden pick and pour the sauce over top. Let bread stand 15 minutes before removing from pan. Cool on wire racks.


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I served this at a party, and everyone adored it! I did up the sugar to 1 cup as suggested. I also used oil in place of butter due to a roommate's sensitivity. I like hearty type breads, so I...

An excellent bread with an authentic orange flavor. I also increased the sugar to 1 1/2 cups, and substituted oil for the butter. Used a large size naval orange. Did not make the sauce for th...

This bread was good but not quite sweet enough. The second time I made it I increased sugar to l full cup and added 1 tsp vanilla. I did not have any dates so I used dried cranberries instead. ...

Increased the sugar to 1-1/4 cups. Used oil in place of butter - and increased by 1/2 tablespoon. Added one of those snack sized applesauces for additional moisture. Cooked in glass loaf pans...

This recipe requires too much tinkering to rate highly. I made the modifications others suggested - it's still not worthy of a repeat. Flavor was good (I added grated orange peel) but baking t...