Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 8 ounces pitted dates, cut into small pieces

  2. 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  3. 1 orange, zested

  4. 2 tablespoons plus 2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)

  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder

  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda

  7. 1 teaspoon salt

  8. 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), softened

  9. 1 cup sugar

  10. 1 egg

  11. 1 cup orange juice Equipment:

  12. 3 empty (14-ounce) cans (like leftover bean cans), open on one end, and greased and floured

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl mix together the dates, pecans, and orange zest; then toss with 2 tablespoons of flour to coat. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue to mix; then add the egg and mix until incorporated. Working in 3 batches, alternately add the flour mixture and orange juice, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the flour-coated nut mixture. Spoon the batter into the cans, filling them 3/4 full. Transfer the cans to a sheet pan and bake until puffed, golden brown, and firm, about 50 minutes. Let the bread cool in the cans for 5 minutes before unmolding, or let them cool completely in the cans and wrap as a gift.


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