Date Nut Bread on a cooling rack

Date Nut Bread

This hearty Date Nut Bread is one of my favorite winter treats. I love the richness of the dates, the zestiness from the orange and the hint of whiskey flavor that comes through just at the end. I think it’s the perfect combination and it does go well with a cup of Darjeeling tea in the afternoon!

Date Nut Bread on a cooling rack

Date Nut Bread

A rich and hearty bread that is perfect with a cup of tea on a cold winter afternoon
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Soaking time 2 hrs
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 slices


  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup Whiskey I used Wigle Wheat
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamon
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • Place dates and whiskey in a small bowl and let sit for a minimum of 2 hours and up to 12 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Butter and flour a 9×5 loaf pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper the size of the bottom of the loaf pan. Place it on the bottom of the pan and butter it.
  • Mix flour, baking powder and the spices together in a large bowl.
  • Place brown sugar in a medium bowl and mix in eggs, orange juice and zest.
  • Add sugar, juice and egg mixture and the melted butter to the flour and stir to just combine (do not overstir, the batter should be slightly lumpy)
  • Gently mix in the chopped dates (along with any remaining whiskey) and walnuts. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pan.
  • Place in the middle of the preheated oven and bake for 50 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes to cool and then remove from the pan. Place on a wire rack to finish cooling.
Keyword Dates, Quick Bread, Whiskey
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