Orange date nut bread

Renny Darling’s Orange Date Nut Bread Recipe with Orange Glaze

Orange date nut bread
This moist orange date nut bread is elevated by the orange glaze.


Years ago, I used to take my daughters to Luby’s Cafeteria, and I always ordered the date nut muffins. They were amazing! It set me down the road of date nut recipes.

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When I discovered this absolutely amazing date nut bread recipe from Renny Darling, a once-ubiquitous cookbook author now forgotten to history, I was in heaven.

orange date nut bread
The orange glaze takes this moist date nut bread recipe from great to extraordinary.

Dates are full of healthy benefits

Whatever happened to dates? It’s a shame they’ve fallen out of fashion, because they provide a subtle sweetness and texture that elevates this lovely tea bread.

They’re also so good for you, full of antioxidants and fiber. This Healthline article outlines 8 health benefits. According to medical research, dates benefit your brain and immune system. But I love them just for the amazing taste and moistness they add to baked goods.

Stack of Renny Darling vintage cookbooks
What happened to Renny Darling? Her beautifully illustrated cookbooks were a hit in the ’80s, but she’s vanished from the cooking world since then.

Who is Renny Darling?

Renny Darling wrote more than a dozen cookbooks in the 1970s and 1980s. They are adorably illustrated cookbooks and altogether sold more than 1 million copies.

She signed each one, “Love, Renny,” and I believe it. Every page of her cookbooks are filled with a love of cooking and a love of those who try her recipes.

About this delightful date nut bread recipe, Renny says nostalgically: “This is a lovely bread for a ladies’ brunch or lunch buffet.” Even for the ladies who don’t lunch, this bread is a treat.

Renny Darling cookbook
This is the original cookbook page for the Orange Date Nut Bread Recipe with Orange Glaze.

What you’ll need for this date nut bread recipe

  • Butter
  • Orange juice
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Soft pitted dates
  • Grated orange peel
  • Powdered sugar

Renny Darling’s Orange Date Nut Bread Recipe with Orange Glaze

Recipe by Nana JanaCourse: BrunchCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy

This moist date nut bread is elevated by a sweet orange glaze.


  • Ingredients for bread:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 3/4 cup orange juice

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 1/2 cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped soft pitted dates

  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel

  • Ingredients for orange glaze
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel

  • 2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar


  • For muffins:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Beat together first 4 ingredients until blended. Combine and add the remaining ingredients and stir until dry ingredients are just moistened. 
  • Divide mixture between 4 greased mini-loaf pans. Place pans on a cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes then remove from pans and finish cooling on rack. When cool, drizzle with Orange Glaze.
  • For glaze:
  • Stir all ingredients until blended and drizzle over bread.

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