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Orange Date Nut Bread Recipe

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This recipe for Orange Date Nut Bread, by , is from Winter Family Recipes, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Mary Gail McClellan
Added: Friday, January 20, 2006



2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup oil
1 cup milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1 egg

Soften yeast in lukewarm water (use warm water for dry yeast). Pour scalded milk over shortening, sugar and salt; stir until shortening melts. Cool to lukewarm.

Stir in 1 cup flour and softened yeast and oats. Stir in enough more flour to make soft dough. Turn dough out onto lightly-floured board and knead until smooth, about 10 minutes. Round dough into ball; place in a greased bowl and brush lightly with melted shortening. Cover, let rise in a warm place until nearly double in bulk, about 1 hour.

Punch down dough and cover; let rise 10 minutes. Divide dough in half and form each part to make a loaf. Place loaves in well-greased loaf pans. Brush tops with melted shortening; cover, let rise until nearly double in size, about 45 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees about 50 minutes. Remove from pan; brush lightly with melted butter.




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