Prep 1 hr 5 mins
Cook 45 mins
This recipe is from the Edmonds Cook Book. My kids love this, especially as an after school snack with a glass of milk. It has a lovely rich caramel flavour. I make mine without the walnuts and it's still great. Prep time includes 1 hour for soaking dates in boiling water.
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 2 cups plain baking flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Put dates, boiling water, butter and baking soda into a bowl and stir until butter is melted.
- Set aside for one hour.
- Beat sugar, egg, vanilla essence and walnuts (if using) into date mixture.
- Sift in flour and baking powder and stir until just combined.
- Pour mixture into a greased 22cm loaf tin and bake in a 180C oven for 45 minutes or until inserted skewer comes out clean.
- Leave in tin for about 10 minutes before turning out onto cooling rack.
I made this recipe using diced figs instead of dates and adding a teaspoon of ground cardamom. I also added 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. It doubles and freezes well.
I had an idea for a bread involving chinese dates and pine nuts and 5-spice powder, and was searching around for date-bread recipes to base it on. I love this recipe for it!
Here is my variation: (my photos for this recipe are of my variation)
Chinese Red Dates for the Dates
Pine Nuts for the Walnuts
somewhere between a teaspoon and a tablespoon of Chinese 5-Spice Powder (Wu-Xiang Fen)
and i use almost no sugar, because the dates are so sweet already
This was a very nice loaf, even tho I accidentally skipped #2. I used a whole pkg of dates so it was a little more than 1 cup - maybe 1 1/3 cups? Perhaps that accounted for the extra sweetness? Next time I would still cut back on the brown sugar. Just had another slice this am slathered with cream cheese. Yum! Thanks for posting!