Date & Raisin Loaf (Old Black Joe)

READY IN: 1hr 50mins
Recipe by Lizzie in NZ

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.

Top Review by Kate Fisher

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 160 deg Celsius.
  2. Line an 8 inch cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Combine chopped dates, raisins and baking soda in a large bowl.
  4. Pour in the boiling water, stir. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
  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. Bake 160 deg C for approximately 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Leave in tin to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.

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