Thursday, December 8, 2011

Chocolate Chip Date Nut Spice Loaf Recipe

Here's one  that's great for gift giving anytime! Lovely flavors to kick off the holiday spirit!




1 cup chopped, pitted dates
1/2 cup Kahlua
(Combine the Kahlua and dates and let seep into the dates for around two hours. (I love to do that overnight!)
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons sweet butter, softened
1 extra large egg
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange rind
2/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup dark chocolate chunks or chips

In a medium size bowl measure sugar, butter, and blend with egg together. Pour in the Kahlua and dates. Add the cinnamon and orange rind, flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the  pecans and dark chocolate chunks.
Put batter in butter greased loaf pans and flour.
Bake  @ 350 degrees until middle is clean when tested with a toothpick, it could take up to an hour.

25 comments:

Leticia's Cook Book said...

Hummmm, sounds delicious, easy to make and inexpensive! A definite must do! Thanks for posting this, claudia. Have a blessed day!

Federica said...

It's amazing so soft, spicy and a little crunchy with dried fruits. Great ^__^

Tina said...

For some reason my bag of dates seems to be growing, so this post is a delicious way to empty that bag! This loaf definitely is bursting with some delicious flavors-impressive treat for the holidays, thanks Claudia!

Little Housewife said...

Its going to be perfect for this Christmas, definitely something that we never had. Thanks for posting this up!

Greg said...

The last time I combined Kahlua and a date I ended up married. :-) As always this recipe sounds fantastic.

Becky said...

Claudia,
I love all of the layers of flavors and textures in this bread, Dates, chocolate, and Kahlua, Yum. Great recipe.

Belinda @zomppa said...

Looks like an early Christmas present!

Lenia said...

What an amazing treat!I will try it!xxx

Kiri W. said...

Mmm, dates and chocolate are such a great combination :) I'd love to try this, but my wife doesn't like dates :(

Katherines Corner said...

yummm sounds like a delish combination of flavors xo

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

How did you get wonderful Kaluah, orange rind and cinnamon, all in one recipe. This is marvelous.

Only Fish Recipes said...

wow..dates n chocolates..gr8 combo n sounds delicious !

Elisabeth said...

Claudia-I am SO making this amazing Kahlua date bread...love the soaking of the dates for over night to seep in all the flavor!
Now, all I have to do is to just run out and buy a bottle of Kahlua (don't mind it all,lol)

You did not mention the temp. or for how long to bake it, but I know by heart, because I do remember making this incredible Kahlua bread years ago, and temp. is the same as for banana bread. 350 degrees for about 55 min. or until tested with a toothpick to come out clean! For sure I'm making it this weekend, and will link it back to you!
Thanks for sharing:D
xoxo

Cajunlicious said...

This looks so delicious and I love the flavor combinations you used! Happy Holidays!

Lizzy said...

Oh, YUM! This just speaks holidays to me...we'd always get fabulous fruit/nut breads for Christmas from the neighbors. This looks delicious!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

This is my kind of bread! Dates, chocolate and kaluha are a great combo!

Reeni said...

How moist and delicious! Full of all those wonderful holiday flavors I love!

Vicki Bensinger said...

This sounds fantastic! I've never heard of this cake but the ingredients are all favorites of mine. I think I'll make this as a gift to myself.

Amalia said...

This looks lovely! I love dates, but surprisingly I haven't ever used them in my baking or cooking which is a shame! It's now on my grocery list!

Ann said...

Dates AND Kahlua? Be still my beating heart!

Peggy said...

What a great gift idea! Way better than any old fashioned fruit cake =)

Curt said...

Wow, there's a lot of good stuff packed into this loaf.

Parsley Sage said...

I <3 dates! I use them in my sticky toffee pudding...now i'll have to use them in this spice loaf! Buzzed :)

Claudia said...

It's the Kahlua. My eyes went right there and said "yes." And that beautiful moist crumb.Hope you are surviving 'tis the season!

Joy said...

The loaf looks great.