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Southern Cola-Date Loaf

Yield 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups cola
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 (8-ounce) package whole pitted dates, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 176
  • caloriesfromfat 18 %
  • fat 3.6 g
  • satfat 0.6 g
  • monofat 1.5 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 2.5 g
  • carbohydrate 34.9 g
  • fiber 1.8 g
  • cholesterol 14 mg
  • iron 1.3 mg
  • sodium 126 mg
  • calcium 38 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring the cola to a boil in a large saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in brown sugar, oil, and dates. Let cool completely. Stir in coffee and egg, and set aside.

  2. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (flour through salt) in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Add cola mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.

  3. Note: Loaves can also be made in 2 (5 x 3-inch) disposable foil pans for gift giving, if desired. Bake at 350º for 45 minutes.