Orange juice and zest add a citrus accent to this fine quick bread, heavy with dates and nuts.
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons grated orange zest
- 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
Beat egg slightly. Add butter and sugar. Beat smooth. Zest one orange; set 1 tablespoon zest aside. Juice 2 oranges. Place juice in a 1 cup measure and add boiling water to fill the cup. Stir zest, juice and vanilla into batter.
In another bowl, put flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir in walnuts and dates. Pour over batter. Stir to moisten. Spoon into greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
Bake in 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for 1 hour until it tests done. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Finish cooling and wrap.