The smell of the holidays starts right here in the kitchen! Oranges, cinnamon, and rum. Can’t you just taste the love!

When family is home for the holidays, or I am simply all by myself, I love the smell of bread warming in the oven for breakfast. This spiced date bread, made with yeast, is easy to make by hand and so worth the hour wait time for it to rise. Warm at breakfast and smell the memories!


  • Yeast – 2 teaspoons
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 3/4 cup

Mix these three and let set for 10 minutes to proof

  • Fresh Orange juice – ½ cup (2 oranges)
  • Orange zest – 1 tablespoon
  • Plain Yogurt – ¾ cup
  • Dates – 1 cup, pitted and chopped
  • Nuts – ½ cup, chopped
  • Cinnamon – 1 tablespoon
  • Cloves – ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Flour – 3 to 4 cups
  • Egg wash – 1 egg and 1 teaspoon water, mixed



Once yeast proofs (foams) mix in all remaining ingredients except flour. Mix well. Slowly add 1 cup of flour at a time until dough is no longer sticky. Place in an oiled bowl, cover, and set in a warm place for about an hour until dough doubles in size.

Preheat oven to 375

Punch down. Place in one large bread pan or two medium size.

Brush egg wash across top.

Place in oven and bake 18 to 20 minutes until top is golden.

Brush glaze over hot bread if desired


  • Rum – 1 tablespoon
  • Powdered sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Orange zest – ½ teaspoon

Mix and brush on top of hot bread