Orange Date Bread
|Orange juice||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Dates||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), chopped|
|Whole wheat flour||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)|
|Baking soda||1 Teaspoon|
|Baking powder||1 Teaspoon|
|Vanilla extract||1 Teaspoon|
|Walnuts||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), chopped|
1. Place the orange juice in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Place the dates in a small bowl, and pour the orange juice over the dates. Set aside to cool.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder, and stir to mix well. Stir the vanilla extract into the cooled date mixture, add the date mixture to the flour mixture, and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in the walnuts if desired.
3. Coat a 7 1/2-x-3 3/4-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the batter evenly in the pan, and bake at 350 °F for about 30 minutes, or just until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
4. Remove the bread from the oven, and let sit for 10 minutes. Invert the loaf onto a wire rack, turn right side up, and cool to room temperature before slicing.