Utterly fantastic! My family has declared it a must for all winter holidays. They said it tasted like a moist pumpkin fruit cake. Admit I used chopped, crystalized ginger in the absence of having fresh ginger, and for a double batch, I used 1 1/2 tsp. of Boyajian orange oil in place of the orange zest. Used all unbleached white flour as I ran out of whole wheat. Bumped up the cinnamon a bit, too, as we like spice. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as is. We didn't want or need sugar or frosting. It's amazing how much fruit and nuts this batter can hold. Thank you, Engrossed!
This is a lovely loaf. Moist and flavourful, and super quick to put together. Don't let the list of ingredients sway you from trying this one. I made as written, using the following options: 1/4 cup white sugar, did not use fresh ginger, used allspice, 1/2 cup each of the cranberries and nuts, but only 1/4 cup of dates. I used a 4-1/2 x 11-1/2 loaf pan and it baked perfectly in 60 minutes. Because of the sweetness of the loaf, I opted to dust with icing sugar. I didn't want the frosting to outshine the loaf. I only wish I'd had time to make this during the Craze-E Gifts Contest. Thanks for your wonderful creation Engrossed. :)