Though I made quick breads year-round, I always save date-nut bread for the holidays. The sweet dates, zesty orange, and spicy cloves make it smell and taste like Christmas. I like to bake them in mini-porcelain baking dishes, then wrap them in cellophane and tie them with a bow. That way the recipient can enjoy the baking dish well after the holidays are over. —Food Blogga
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Coat 4 (5 X 3- inch) mini-loaf pans/tins with cooking spray. Adjust the number of pans accordingly based on the size you use. Just remember, with smaller pans, baking time will be shorter; with a larger loaf pan, baking time will be longer, by about 15 minutes.
In a medium size bowl, whisk the flours, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, oil, orange juice, and orange zest.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and using a rubber spatula, mix until just incorporated. Fold in the dates and pecans. Divide the batter evenly among the pans.
Since breads bake more quickly using small pans, bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the cakes are a deep golden brown and a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Transfer the cakes to a rack; let cool for 10 minutes, then unmold and place on a rack to cool to room temperature.