Friday, January 30, 2009
I am hosting a Baby shower tomorrow for my sister, Emily.
This is one of the things I made for the party. It should have the word orange somewhere in the title, because it is very orange-y.
In a good way.
It's a *BF* recipe. The new term that my sister's have assigned to my favorite cookbook author.
Start by getting a few things ready.
Bring 1/2 stick of unsalted butter to room temperature.
Zest 2 oranges.
Place in a small bowl,
and add one egg,
and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Set aside for now.
Next, juice 3-4 oranges,
or until you have 3/4 cup.
Then you'll need 13-14 ounces of pitted dates,
Put the dates in a bowl & add 1/3 cup of Triple Sec.
Mix to combine & set aside to soak for at least 30 minutes.
Next, coarsely chop 3/4 cup of pecans.
Preheat the oven to 350.
Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom of a loaf pan.
Butter the bottom of the pan,
& place the parchment paper into the bottom.
Grease on top of the paper & up the sides of the pan.
Then dust with flour, tapping out the excess.
Put 2 cup of flour in a medium mixing bowl.
Add 2 teaspoons baking powder,
1/2 teaspoon baking soda,
1 teaspoon of cinnamon,
1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg,
1 teaspoon of kosher salt,
and a 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves.
Whisk to combine.
Put the butter & 3/4 cup of lightly packed light brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment,
& beat for about 1 minute on medium speed.
Add the egg, vanilla, orange zest mixture & beat to incorporate.
Add the flour mixture in small batches,
alternating with the orange juice.
Scrape down the sides after each addition.
Remove the bowl from the mixer & add the pecans, dates & any liquid & mix by hand,
Pour into the loaf pan & smooth out the top.
Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan & cool completely.
Slice & serve with cream cheese.