I also had some apples which I used (I had used apples before in cakes and I loved the flavor). I asked my hubby “will you buy me orange liqueur?” Hubby replied “Ok honey I will”. Then in the evening when we went out for shopping for baby clothes we also bought some orange liqueur. When I got the time in the night, I soaked the dates for half hour in orange liqueur. I started working on the rest of ingredients around 10.30 P.M after having dinner. I mainly followed all her steps, but also made changes such as adding apples, walnut and some extra spices. I ended up getting very tasty bread with great energy.
What you need
Coarsely Chopped Dates : 1 cup (8 ounces pitted)
Chopped apple : 1 cup (1 apple)
Lemon Juice : 1 lemon
Orange liqueur (Triple Sec): 1/6 cup
Unsalted butter at room temperature : 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick)
Light brown sugar, lightly packed : 1/3 cup
Egg : 1
Pure vanilla extract : 1 teaspoon
All purpose flour : 1 and ¼ cup
Grated orange zest : ½ tablespoon (1 orange)
Baking powder : 1 teaspoon
Baking soda : ¼ teaspoon
Ground cinnamon : ½ teaspoon
Ground nutmeg : ½ teaspoon
All spice : ½ teaspoon
Ground ginger : ¼ teaspoon
Ground Cloves : ¼ teaspoon
Salt : ½ teaspoon
Freshly squeezed orange juice : 1/3 cup (1 and ½ oranges)
Toasted, coarsely chopped walnuts : ½ cup
How I made
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom of an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pan.
Combine the dates and orange liqueur in a small bowl and set aside for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Add lemon juice to chopped apples and keep aside.
Beat the butter and brown sugar together in a bowl until it is well combined. Then add egg, vanilla, and orange zest and mix well. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, ground ginger and salt. Now add the flour mixture alternately with the orange juice to the mixture containing butter and brown sugar and combine well. Finally stir in the dates with their liquid, along with chopped apple and walnuts.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
Slice the bread and serve with or without favorite spreads.
Preparation time: 1 hour
Yield : 4 serving
Verdict : Good
Will you make it again : Yes I will