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Orange Date-Nut Bread


Yield

Makes 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped dates
2 teaspoons dried orange peel
2/3 cup boiling water
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation

  1. Spray 1-quart casserole, soufflé dish or other high-sided baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; dust with flour. Set aside.
  2. Combine flour, pecans, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine dates and orange peel in separate medium bowl; pour boiling water over date mixture. Add sugar, shortening, egg and vanilla; stir just until blended.
  4. Add flour mixture to date mixture; stir just until blended. Pour batter into prepared dish; place in slow cooker. Cover; cook on HIGH about 2-1/2 hours until edges begin to brown.
  5. Remove dish from slow cooker. Cool on wire rack about 10 minutes; remove bread from dish and cool completely on rack.

Variation

Substitute 1 cup dried cranberries for dates.

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