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!
This is a great recipe, thanks. I soaked the dates overnight and the loaf was really moist. This was such an easy recipe.
Lovely and sticky. I made a double quantity and baked in a roasting tin. I used pecans instead of walnuts but I only had a small packet, which was a shame. More would have been nice. Update: I forgot to say that I also ran out of plain flour so this was made with half wholewheat flour. We've just had some of this loaf heated in the microwave for 30 secs with warm custard. Delicious!
I wanted to use up a package of dates that I had sitting in the cupboard for a while (& never knew what to do with). I've never had or made date loaf before making this. It turned out great. My partner said it was the best date loaf he'd ever had!!! I didn't use walnuts since I didn't have them on hand, but thought it was fabulous without them!!! This was really easy to make as well. Thanks for the recipe!
I made two loaves and popped one in the freezer. The other was eaten by the (extended) family on Boxing Day, and went down a storm!! Everyone loved it and I've been asked to make another next time we all get together! Thank you so much for a really easy and delicious recipe!
Very nice, liked the little bit of butter only in it. I did use walnuts, and they taste great in it. Very fast and easy to do with a food processor, be careful not to overcook, it went faster than I expected it would.
Angela, I enjoyed your date loaf. I used 1 T oil instead of butter and omitted the nuts. Next time I think I'll go with 2-3 T oil to make it just a tad more tender (but still on the low fat end of the equation), and perhaps add an additional 1/2 c chopped dates. It's a nice mild flavor.
It's amazing that you can make such a moist, flavorful quick bread with only one tablespoon of butter per loaf. I think I would have preferred it with the walnuts, but I didn't have any, so it was nice to know I could make it without. If I make this again, I might try adding a dash of spice.