17-43: Orange Date Quick Bread

I’ve made quick bread from Simply Delicious before (17-51: Three Palms Quick Bread) and it turned out well–this recipe is no exception. 17-43: Orange Date Quick Bread is part of my big batch of assorted baked goods that I made as gifts for people this year–you can find the others linked at the end of this entry.

17-43 Orange Date Quick Bread
I chose to include this recipe in my holiday gifts this year because I wanted to include some different textures, flavors, and shapes, as well as reflecting the abundance of citrus fruit during winter in California. 🍊

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This is really similar to any other kind of quick bread (e.g., banana), and it makes a great breakfast bread. If you don’t want slices, you can totally do it as muffins too–in fact, I did half of the recipe (I doubled all of my holiday gift recipes) as muffins and half as loaves of bread.

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Ingredients. This recipe stands as the one that FINALLY finished the massive container of Hadley dates we’ve had in our fridge for what seems like forever.

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Creaming the butter and sugar.

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Microplanes will make your zesting life much easier, but will instill fear in your fingertips and knuckles.

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I usually always beat eggs in glass measuring cups. No good reason besides the fact that my mom always did it that way.

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A very orangey mixture. 🍊🍊🍊

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Sifting the dry ingredients together. I have one of these types of sifters, but I never end up using it.

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Mixing the dry and wet together–don’t forget to switch from whisk to paddle if you’re using a mixer!

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I’m too lazy to chop up the nuts and dates by hand–I’ll let the food processor handle it.

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Much more even and consistent than I would have been able to do by hand anyway.

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Double batch was enough to fill two loaf pans (not as high as normal though) and one mini-muffin pan.

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Here’s the muffins out of the oven–those look pretty nice.

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Here’s one of the two loaves. It could have been a bit taller (more batter) and a little less dark on the outsides, but overall it turned out pretty well.

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I sliced the loaves normally, but I still felt like I was going to come up short on having enough for all of my gift boxes (even with the mini muffins).

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I ended up halving all of the slices and wrapping them individually that way. Each box then got 2-3 half-slices, which made them easier to share/snack on.

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Here’s a close-up of what ended up in each box. Just enough for a taste–I ended up not including the muffins because I thought it might be confusing/inconsistent. After all of that.

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Here’s this recipe, 17-43: Orange Date Quick Bread along with the other recipes I made for my holiday gifts this year:

This was a yummy quick bread, and made a nice alternative to the more traditional cookies that I included in my gifts. Give it a try, especially if you have a lot of oranges around right now.

Grade: A

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