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 Date Spice Loaf
 Ingredients:
     2 cups  coarsely chopped dates (10 ounces pitted)  1/3 cup orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Triple Sec
     4 tablespoons  unsalted butter, at room temperature  3/4 cup  light brown sugar, lightly packed
     1 large egg  1 teaspoon  pure vanilla extract
     1 tablespoon  grated orange zest (2 oranges)  2 cups  all-purpose flour
     2 teaspoons  baking powder  1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
     1 teaspoon  ground cinnamon  1 teaspoon  ground nutmeg
     1/4 teaspoon  ground cloves  1 teaspoon  kosher salt
     3/4 cup  freshly squeezed orange juice (3 oranges)  3/4 cup  (3 ounces) coarsely chopped pecans
Date Spice Loaf
 Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom of an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pan.

Combine the dates and orange liqueur in a small bowl and set aside for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar together on medium speed for one minute. Scrape down the bowl. With the mixer on low, add the egg, vanilla, and orange zest. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. With the mixer still on low, add the flour mixture alternately with the orange juice to the creamed mixture, beating only until combined. By hand, stir in the dates with their liquid, and the pecans.

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
 Comments:
Adapted, barely, from Ina Garten
 Categories:  Baked Goods, Baked goods, Bread
 Estimated Serving:  10
 Estimated preparation time:  25 min.
 Language:  English
 Shared by:  Jilly    2010/01/03
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