- 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 cups sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
- 1 cup canola oil
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 package (8 ounces) pitted dates, chopped
- 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
- CARAMEL GLAZE:
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin, oil, water and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in dates and pecans.
- Transfer to two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
- For glaze, in a small heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, sugar, butter and cream. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved.
- Increase heat to medium. Do not stir. Cook for 3-6 minutes or until bubbles form in center and syrup turns amber brown. Remove from the heat; transfer to a small bowl. Cool to room temperature. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Drizzle over loaves. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Pumpkin Date Nut Bread in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2012, p58
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