for family meals :
Date Loaves with Rosemary
recipe comes from Andrea J Sykes.
1/2 cups apricot nectar
1 1/2 cups snipped pitted dates (one 8-ounce
1/2 cups dried apricots, snipped
1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel
1 1/4 teaspoons dried rosemary , crushed
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup evaporated milk
grease eight 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch or four
5 1/2 x 3 x 2 inch or three 7 1/2 x 3 1/2 x
2 inch loaf pans; set aside.
a medium saucepan bring nectar, dates, and apricots
to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for
5 minutes. Remove from heat.
in orange peel and rosemary; cool slightly.
in a small mixing bowl stir together flour and
baking soda; set aside.
a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric
mixer on medium speed about 30 seconds or till
add sugar, beating till fluffy.
add flour mixture and date mixture, beating
at low speed just till combined after each addition.
batter evenly in prepared baking pans.
in a 375°F. oven till a toothpick inserted near
the center comes out clean, allowing about 25
minutes for the 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch pans;
about 35 minutes for the 5 1/2 x 3 x 2 inch
pans; and about 40 minutes for the 7 1/2 x 3
1/2 x 2 inch pans.
in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool
completely on wire racks. Wrap and store overnight