Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 40 mins

Another fabulous recipe from the Barefoot Contessa! I made the other Date Nut Bread I posted then this one thinking I'd have a bake-off. Well, they are both great and very different! I wound up with 2 keepers! The bread is very nice served with the recommended orange cream cheese, but that is entirely optional.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a bowl combine dates and orange liqueur and "marinate" for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.
  3. Prepare loaf pan (8x5); butter bottom, line with parchment paper, butter again and flour.
  4. Sift together flour, and next 6 ingredients. Set aside.
  5. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and brown sugar for 1 minute. Then, at low speed, add egg, vanilla, and orange zest. Add flour mixture alternately with orange juice. Beat only until combined.
  6. Mix in pecans and dates with liquid by hand.
  7. Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack.
  8. To make the orange cream cheese, add add ingredients together and combine with electric mixer.