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Orange Date Bread

 Orange Date Bread
I loved visiting my aunt—she was an excellent baker, and her kitchen always smelled great. With her inspiration, I now bake this moist yummy bread every holiday season. Christmas wouldn't be the same without it. —Joann Wolfe, Sunland, California
32 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • GLAZE
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs; mix well. Combine flour,
  • baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with
  • buttermilk. Fold in walnuts, dates and orange peel. Pour into two
  • greased and floured 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for
  • 60-65 minutes or until done. Combine glaze ingredients; spoon half
  • over hot bread. Cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; spoon
  • remaining glaze over bread. Yield: 32 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 219 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 188 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.