Sliced orange date loaf resting on a tea towel

Orange Date Loaf

For a fall or winter treat, a slice of this perfectly spiced loaf will hit the spot. Rich and fragrant ginger, cloves, and cinnamon give it a homey flavour, and the bright taste of citrus adds a light and refreshing touch. You’ll love it with a drizzle of syrup or glaze on top! Or, serve it warmed and buttered with mulled cider, port, or coffee. Plus, a loaf makes a wonderful gift!

Serves

1 9x5 inch loaf

PREP TIME

20 minutes

COOK TIME

50 to 60 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅔ cup (167 ml) orange juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
  • 1½ cups (233 g) chopped dates, pitted
  • 2 tbsp (12 g) finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ tsp (6 g) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (5 g) baking soda
  • 1½ tsp (3 g) ground ginger
  • 1 tsp (3 g) ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp (3 g) salt
  • ⅛ tsp (1 g) ground cloves
  • ⅔ cup (144 g) Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup (67 g) Redpath® Granulated Sugar
  • ⅓ cup (76 g) butter, melted & cooled
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease and line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving about a 2-inch overhang on the longer sides for easy unmolding.

In a small pot, bring orange juice to a simmer. Remove from heat and add the pitted dates, orange zest, and vanilla extract. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and cloves until thoroughly blended.

In the orange-date mixture, add in the Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar, Redpath® Granulated Sugar, melted butter, and beaten egg. Whisk until well mixed.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into the well. With a rubber spatula, quickly fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until no flour streaks remain; do not overmix. Some lumps are fine.

Transfer the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Place into the preheated oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes until loaf is golden in colour, and a toothpick inserted into the centre of the loaf comes out clean.

Remove from oven and allow loaf to cool slightly in pan; about 10 minutes. Run a small offset spatula around the loaf. With the help of the parchment paper, carefully unmold loaf and place onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Serve this loaf with Brown Sugar Coffee Glaze.

The loaf can be kept in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap and kept at room temperature for up to a week, or frozen for up to a month.

Slices of orange date loaf on plates drizzled with sauce

CHEF'S TIP

*Before juicing any citrus fruit, zest the fruit and use in the recipe or save for future recipes by wrapping the zest in plastic wrap or placing into a small freezer safe bag.

*Firmly roll the citrus fruit on your work surface with the palm of your hand to maximize the amount of juice that is squeezed from it.

*An overmixed batter will create a loaf that is tough and produce a crumb that may have tunnels (large holes).

*Feel free to substitute the dates with any dried fruit, like figs, cherries, or cranberries