About this recipe:This loaf is deliciously tender and packed full of flavour. Orange zest and spices flavour this loaf. It's also studded with walnuts and pitted dates. Enjoy for afternoon tea, dessert or elevenses.
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease one 23x13cm loaf tin.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and 1 egg. Beat in second egg until smooth. Mix in pumpkin puree, orange zest and juice.
In another bowl, measure and stir together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nuts and dates. Pour all at once into batter in mixing bowl. Stir only to moisten. Pour into the prepared loaf tin.
Bake for about 1 hour in the preheated oven or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool in tin 10 minutes. Remove loaf from tin to rack. Cool and wrap.