I was so pleased with the
"Orange-Date-Walnut Bread" (page 404), that I have added this one to my
list of repeatable quick bread recipes. It is just slightly sweet, which I really
appreciate, yet so festive and flavorful it would make a wonderful, fruity
bread to make during the winter holidays. Fresh orange juice is the liquid, and
since I used applesauce in place of the oil, this further enhanced the fruity
flavors. Sweetened with dates and just ¼ cup maple syrup, the underlying
flavors, and not sugar, are allowed to take center stage. The recipe suggests
using other nuts, if you wish, such as almonds or pecans. I think any of these
would be equally good. I added a teaspoon of cinnamon (the combination of
ingredients just seemed to be begging for this), which was quite delicious, and
filled the kitchen with wonderful cooking aromas.
Keeping it "McDougall Friendly"
Substitute the canola oil with ½ cup applesauce.
Use whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose (white) flour.
Bake the bread in a non-stick loaf pan so you won't have to oil the
pan prior to baking.