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Orange Date Bread Recipe

Orange Date Bread Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling YIELD:32 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large 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
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel


  • 1. 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 8x4-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 slice: 219 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 188mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 269279
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2017

"what a lovely bread! Old Fasioned flavor with the hint of orange, nuts and dates. It slices beautifully. I had buttermilk to use up, so ended up making a triple batch, using little bundt pans for some, and baby loafs to put in the freezer to give away later. I did not use the glaze, instead opted for a simple powder sugar glaze drizzle with a hint of orange extract"

2124arizona User ID: 845443 265711
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"I've been making this bread since it first appeared in TOH. The combination of orange and dates is awesome!"

cheeriogirl User ID: 2355136 2609
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"Fantastic. The only thing I will change for next time is to omit the peel in the glaze--it looks weird on top of the bread."

Peggy2624 User ID: 2813423 1481
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"Well worth the little effort....moist, sweet and delicious....and I don't even like dates!! I'll be making this again for friends and family!!!"

MELLOWBO User ID: 5532388 3203
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"I am actually making this recipe tonight for a is amazing that zing orange flavor and the dates...out of this world. my husband is my best critic he is picky but this one heloved it...thank you for sharing this recipe..."

weyrcat User ID: 4592213 2664
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"Used this (with minor changes) to make my date bread. Tossed in a grated zucchini, and I always use fake buttermilk (tbsp of lemon juice in fat free milk). My husband LOVED it."

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