As you can see, there aren't enough dates for a loaf of bread so I thought I'd make a bread with a combination of all the fruits. I also decided to soak all of the fruits in booze for three days rather than the 30 minutes the recipe normally suggests.
Put the lid on tight, give the jar a gentle shake and place in a cool, dark place for three days. If you think about it you can give the jar a shake each day.
It's a dense but moist bread with a beautiful texture and flavor.
Drunken Fruit Bread
Yield 1 loaf
2 cups dried fruit, coarsely chopped
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. grated orange zest
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. round cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
3 days prior to baking prepare the drunken fruit. Chop all fruit and pack, somewhat tightly, into a pint Mason Jar. Pour enough brandy into the jar to cover the fruit. Secure lid tightly on to jar and store in a dark, cool place.
On baking day, preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare pan by buttering the bottom of an 8-1/2" x 4-1/2" x 2-1/2: loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pan.
In bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar. with the mixer on low speed add the egg, vanilla and the 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 butter mixture, mixing only until combined.
Drain the brandy from the fruit into a measuring cup. Fold the fruit into the batter along with a little under 1/3 cup of the drained brandy (if you have more of 1/3 cup brandy drained off, treat yourself and sip on it). Fold the pecans into the batter.
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 to cool completely.