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    Date & Raisin Loaf (Old Black Joe)

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    1 hr 50 mins

    35 mins

    1 hr 15 mins

    Lizzie in NZ's Note:

    This is a lovely, large, moist loaf. It has a great flavour in spite of very few ingredients. This is very economical to make as there are no eggs or butter in it.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 160 deg Celsius.
    2. 2
      Line an 8 inch cake tin with baking paper.
    3. 3
      Combine chopped dates, raisins and baking soda in a large bowl.
    4. 4
      Pour in the boiling water, stir. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
    5. 5
      Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
    6. 6
      Now, fold in the sifted flour and baking powder until just combined. Don't over mix at this point or the loaf will be tough.
    7. 7
      Bake 160 deg C for approximately 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    8. 8
      Leave in tin to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 08, 2010


      This loaf was amazing. We just loved it. Made exactly as written EXCEPT the baking time was off by a mile. I baked this in a 9" pie pan at 320 degrees for 45 minutes. And I probably could have pulled it out five minutes earlier. Normally my oven is pretty accurate also. You could put whatever appeals to you in this loaf and I will be making it again with some variations. Wonderful just the way it is though, thank you Lizzie.

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    • on September 13, 2009


      I loved this. I used wholemeal flour and raisins only. It was sticky and moist and everyone loved it. Who would think it was so cheap to make?

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    • on October 28, 2006


      What a marvellous recipe! I added 1 tsp of vanilla extract (although now that I have tasted the end-product I would say that it probably didn't need it). An excellent fruit loaf - tasty and juicy. I am always looking for recipes suitable for my egg-allergic sister, but this particular egg-free recipe is so good that I will make it even when she isn't around to eat the cake! Thank you very much.

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    Nutritional Facts for Date & Raisin Loaf (Old Black Joe)

    Serving Size: 1 (1619 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 3851.3
    Calories from Fat 50
    Total Fat 5.6 g
    Saturated Fat 0.7 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 2926.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 938.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 36.7 g
    Sugars 579.7 g
    Protein 51.3 g

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