Date Nut Spice Bread

A delicious spiced sweet bread

Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep 45 minutes
Cook 1 hour
resting time 30 minutes
Total 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings ( 1 8-inch) loaf)
Calories 569 kcal
Author Michelle


  • 2 cups coarsely chopped dates 10 ounces pitted
  • 1/3 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (½ stick )
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest 2 oranges
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice 3 oranges
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped pecans 3 ounces

For the Cream Cheese Spread:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
US Customary - Metric


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom of an 8½ x 4½ x 2½-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pan.
  2. 2. Combine the dates and Cointreau in a small bowl and set aside for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. 3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with teh paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar together on medium speed for 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl. With the mixer on low, add the egg, vanilla, and orange zest. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. With the mixer still on low, add the flour mixture alternately with the orange juice to the creamed mixture, beating only until combined. By hand, stir in the dates with their liquid, and the pecans.
  4. 4. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
  5. 5. Meanwhile, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese, sugar, and orange zest on medium speed until just combined.
  6. 6. Slice the bread and serve with the orange cream cheese on the side for spreading.
Nutrition Facts
Date Nut Spice Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 569 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 445mg19%
Potassium 524mg15%
Carbohydrates 89g30%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 58g64%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 535IU11%
Vitamin C 13.8mg17%
Calcium 117mg12%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.