Straight out of my mom’s cookbook from 1978 “Cooking with a Food Processor” this recipe is sweet and moist, not that bad for you, and coming from someone who tends not to like orange flavoured baked goods, and doesn’t like dates – it was actually quite good. Everyone else loves it! Mom made it yesterday; this recipe makes a 9×5 loaf pan.
1 cup chopped, pitted dates
¾ cup boiling water
1 tsp baking soda
1 small seedless orange cut into 6 pieces
1 ½ cup all purpose flour
1 cup nuts (optional)
¾ cup sugar (note: I would reduce this to ½ cup)
2 tbsp butter cut into 4 pieces
1 tsp salt
Combine dates, water and baking soda in small mixing bowl; set aside. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch load pan. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
In a food processor; blend orange for 15 seconds. Add in flour, nuts, sugar, eggs, butter, salt and ½ date mixture and blend for 5 seconds. Add remaining date mixture and process for another 15-20 seconds until well blended. Pour into loaf pan. Bake until loaf springs back when touched lightly in center, 55-60 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Loosen side with spatula and remove from pan. Enjoy!