Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins
This is the date loaf I've been making for years, originally found in a FiveRoses cookbook, I think. I like to spread a little butter on slices of it and have it with tea.
- 3⁄4 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1⁄2 cups chopped dates
- 1 1⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 3⁄4 cup packed brown sugar
- 3⁄4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄4 cup melted butter, cooled to room temperature
- Preheat oven to 350F; spray a loaf pan with nonstick baking spray like Pam, and set aside.
- In a small bowl or measuring cup, pour boiling water over baking soda so that soda dissolves.
- Place dates in a mixing bowl and pour water/soda mixture over dates; let cool.
- In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- In a different bowl, beat the egg with an electric mixer, then slowly add the brown sugar, beating well after each addition.
- To the egg/sugar mixture, add cooled date mixture, toasted nuts and vanilla; mix well.
- Stir in the dry ingredients.
- Now, add the melted butter and mix well.
- Pour this mixture into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for approximately 55 minutes, or until loaf tests done.
- Let cool 10 minutes before removing from pan, then cool completely on a rack.
I made this loaf and found it very tasty. I might not toast the walnuts next time, but otherwise no problems. My only gripe is that being English I am used to weighing ingredients rather than using measures. How DO you measure chopped dates?
I was delighted to find this recipe, which my mother use to make. I believe it was on the Dromendary Date box. I used chopped pecans instead of walnuts, but it was just as we remembered it. It's great toasted with butter. My sister and I love this special treat at the holidays. Thank you Lennie!
I made this loaf and it was great! It was the first date cake i have ever try so I made no changes.Thanks!