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Sweet 'n' Savory Date Loaves Recipe
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Sweet 'n' Savory Date Loaves Recipe

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My family and I were thrilled when this won "best of show" for quick breads at the state fair a few years ago. I sometimes substitute peach nectar for the apricot nectar with terrific results.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups apricot nectar
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 260 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 32 mg cholesterol, 202 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the apricot nectar, dates and apricots to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; add peel and rosemary. Cool for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and milk. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with date mixture.
  3. Pour into three greased 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 3 mini loaves (5 slices each).
Originally published as Sweet 'n' Savory Date Loaves in Best of Country Breads 2000, p27

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