Total Time
1hr 10mins
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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350F; spray a loaf pan with nonstick baking spray like Pam, and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup, pour boiling water over baking soda so that soda dissolves.
  3. Place dates in a mixing bowl and pour water/soda mixture over dates; let cool.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  5. In a different bowl, beat the egg with an electric mixer, then slowly add the brown sugar, beating well after each addition.
  6. To the egg/sugar mixture, add cooled date mixture, toasted nuts and vanilla; mix well.
  7. Stir in the dry ingredients.
  8. Now, add the melted butter and mix well.
  9. Pour this mixture into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for approximately 55 minutes, or until loaf tests done.
  10. Let cool 10 minutes before removing from pan, then cool completely on a rack.


Most Helpful

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?

Whizz December 02, 2003

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!

Tracy#11 December 27, 2008

I made this loaf and it was great! It was the first date cake i have ever try so I made no changes.Thanks!

katia January 29, 2006

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