Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

Typical New Zealand recipe. Apple from a tin is fine. A loaf tin for this is 25cm x 11cm.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. In a bowl put the dates, baking soda, apple, crystallised ginger, ground ginger and boiling water, stir well.
  3. In another bowl mix the butter and sugar together and then beat in the egg. Gradually blend in the date mixture and sifted flour.
  4. Spoon into a greased and floured loaf tin. Bake for 1 hour or until the loaf is cooked when tested with a skewer.
  5. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to a cake rack to cool.
Most Helpful

This make a large batch so I got 2 small loaves & 6 muffins, I made as directed but cut the ginger powder back to 1 tsp & added 1 tsp cinnamon as I'm not a huge ginger lover and with the crystallized ginger I thought it may be too overpowering for my tastes. The end result was a lovely tasty, moist cake that the family enjoyed. Best eaten on the day of making or frozen.

**Mandy** August 28, 2008

As my loaf tin was a bit small, I used a couple of muffin cases for the mixture that wouldn't fit in the tin. I preferred the muffin version because they didn't take so long to cook (instant gratification girl that I am) and I thought that the moist, loose crumb of the cake was really well suited to the small, individual portions. I used 3 fresh eating apples, was very liberal with the gingers and added a little cinnamon too. Very, very tasty!

Cat R. January 21, 2008

Delicious, moist loaf. I just wish I'd added more spices (I think I trebled the crystalised ginger). This is more of a tea cake than a loaf, it's so light and moist it makes an awesome dessert, especially with the fresh apple taste.

LemurKat August 22, 2007